Why you should use orange teal color grading.

The orange and teal grade is a super popular look for video. Let’s examine why people like it so much and how you can achieve it.

Fads come and go but as a video editor, part of your job is to use what’s popular during a certain era to give it an authentic look. Just like the mid-twentieth century is often portrayed with black and white video, the early-to-mid-twenty-first century will forever be characterized by the use of the orange and teal color grade.

Steps for achieving great orange teal contrast.

Orange and teal are complementary colors. In essence, they are opposites. They look good together and contrast well.

To achieve this look, push blues or teals into the shadows and oranges or yellows into the highlights. Many skin tones fall into the orange spectrum, so pushing blues into the shadows, will help those skin tones stand out. This technique draws attention to a subject when presented against a blue or teal background. Your audience will be able to focus on your subject easier.

If you consider the colors of what is commonly called the “golden hour,” you’ll note that this time of day is when the sun casts orange light on your subject that is set against a blue-sky background. The orange teal grading is in full effect during this magical time for photographers.

Create the look you want with color grading.

After you’ve captured the perfect shots, you can use video editing to add more to the story by creating a mood or indicating an era. To give your videos the most modern look, use the orange teal color grade.

Learn more about orange teal correction and other video effects. Then, discover everything you can do with Adobe Premiere Pro to color correct, edit, and more.