Premiere Pro has made some major updates to its platform so in this article we’ll take a look at the most useful ones. The key factor with these techniques is to not overdo them and make sure the changes are subtle.
Let’s jump right into it and take a look at the new Color Grading Tips:
1. The New Curves Section in The Lumetri Panel
In the Curves Section of the Lumetri panel, you will notice that the color wheels are gone and now instead we are presented with two lines where we can draw the curves. Under the RGB curves section, at the bottom, we can adjust the shadows and at the top, the highlights. It’s best to create an S type of curve that will not crush any color information. This will also preserve as much color detail as possible.
This is similar to the regular contrast slider, but with much more control over the contrast.
The Lumetri Panel now has a drop-down menu and we can rename the color adjustment and add new lumetri panels as necessary.
2. The Hue Vs Saturation
With this new feature, we can make a selection of the skin tones by simply clicking and adding points.
We can then click and add a middle point and lift it up to add more saturation or bring it down to decrease the saturation.
This works in a very similar way as the HLS secondary color correction where you manipulate a specific chosen color.
3. The Hue vs Luma
This works in a similar way, select 2 points and a middle point, then lift it up to add more richness to the colors.
If you are selecting other parts in your video, you can go to the Effect Controls panel and choose the Lumetri Color (Skintones) section and draw a mask by clicking on the ellipse tool.
Place it on the subject and feather it as needed.
The color adjustments will only be applied to the selected marked area.
4. The Hue vs Saturation
We’ll add a new lumetri Panel and select the blue and increase its saturation. This will help us bring out the colors in the sky from the shots.
The blue from the sky can also be selected and adjusted from the Luma vs Sat section where the left side is the shadows and the right side are the highlights.
5. The Hue vs Hue
For this section, we’ll make a green selection and bring it up until we reach a different color.
The green can also be selected from the RGB Curves panel, which represents the luminance, so if we click on the green color, we can change the luminance values for only that specific color.
By clicking in the lower side you can bring back the shadows and remove or add some greens into the scene
We hope you enjoyed this article and how to create custom color gradings with only the built-in tools.
Big thanks for Jordy Vandeput for the source information for this article