Color Grading in Premiere Pro CC – Get Pro Film Look

Color Grading in Premiere Pro CC – Get Pro Film Look


Hey guys my name is Denver Riddle, I’m
a colorist and filmmaker and if you’re wondering how can I make the look of my films stand
out through color grading in Premiere Pro CC and make my films look big budget? Well I’m going to reveal that here in this beginner
crash course using the Lumetri color tools found in Adobe. We’re going to create this amazing look,
you can download the look as LUT or look up table and easily apply this to your own footage. Also, while YouTube is a fantastic resource
for learning about so many different kinds of subjects if you are looking for a step-by-step
guide that takes you all the way through discovering the art of color grading and getting the big
Hollywood film looks I want to let you know about a free training workshop I’m going
to be doing where I reveal my top color grading secrets, to attend the just click the link
below in the description and I hope to see you there. Alright, let’s do this thing! Here inside let’s set up our workspace for
color grading, we’ll choose Color workspace and that will
bring up the Lumetri color tools. In the top section, we have the Scopes…we
have the Program Panel, where we see the clip we are currently working on, and the Lumetri
Color panel over here on the side, where we can perform our grading. It’s also worth pointing out the Effects
Control panel where we can do some other things, including adding and tracking color masks
but more on that in a bit. Before we jump in and start grading this thing,
let’s discuss basic terminology for how we define color. The three basic terms that we use to define
color are Hue, Saturation, and Luma. Hue is the name we call colors. Saturation is the intensity or vividness of
a hue. And Luma is the brightness or shade of hue. It’s also important to know how to read
the scopes, which can be super beneficial. If you’re in the color workspace the scopes
should appear but if not just click on the Lumetri scopes tab. The three scopes I always use are the waveform,
the RGB parade and the vectorscope. The waveform let’s us correct for exposure. If I overlay an image on top of the waveform,
you can see that the trace the stuff you see here actually corresponds with the image of
the girl dancing. The RGB parade scope is helpful for correcting
white balance issues, it reads similar to the waveform other than it’s broken out
into the individual color channels of red, green and blue. With this scope, it makes it easier to spot
imbalances if either the image is too cool or too warm. How that will show is one channel elevated above the others. The Vectorscope, corresponds directly with
the color wheel, and I’ve overlaid it here for convenience. It shows what colors are in the image as well
as their saturation. The further the trace extends from the center
of the scope, the more saturated or vivid the colors are. Here’s a simple but powerful workflow for
color correction: We first correct the exposure or brightness of the image, second the white
balance or color temperature if there are any issues and lastly the saturation by either
increasing or reducing it. This will make more sense as we actually do
it! Let’s first make a correction to the exposure
of this image using the basic correction panel. Now if you look at the controls in the basic
corrections panel you’ll see controls for highlights and shadows, but also for whites
and blacks. Lumetri uses a terminology that’s slightly
different than other grading applications. But here’s how the controls work: The Blacks control adjusts the darkest parts
or the very bottom darkest point…and the Whites control adjusts the brightest or the
very top of the image. The Shadows control affects the tonal range
between the shadows and the midtones if say you want to recover or darken details in the
shadow areas and the Highlights control effects the tonal range between the highlights and
the midtones, or the upper part of the image if say again you want to recover or brighten
details in the highlight areas. We’ll adjust the shadows first with the
blacks control while watching the waveform. We want to bring the trace in the shadows
down until the darkest parts of the image sit right above 0. Then we’ll bring up the highlights with
the whites control so the brightest parts of the trace sits right about here near the
top. Then let’s darken the undertones or the
area between the shadows and the midtones by pulling the shadows slider to the left…
this will help us remove that washed out look from the talents face. And then I’ll just adjust this a little
more until we have good contrast and exposure. This is the first step. Next we’ll fix the color temperature since
the image is looking cool. Looking at the RGB Parade scope, the blue
trace is elevated above the red and green. Our goal is to “neutralize” or white balance
the whites and we’ll want to find something in the image that is white. In this case, we’re going to use her sneakers
as a reference. Now we can do this manually with the temperature
and tint sliders or we can save some time and use Premiere’s auto White Balance Selector. To do that we just need to select and click
on the white part of the image and voilaaa… the temperature and tint sliders automatically
move to white balance the shot and the traces are aligned in the RGB Parade Scope. Now if for whatever reason we’re not happy
with the result we can still manually adjust those sliders to our liking. In this case I think we can warm up the image
a little bit. And that’s the second step. As our final step let’s boost the color
a little bit by increasing the saturation. And here’s what the clip looks like before
and after the correction. Pretty amazing right? On the next shot we’ll repeat the same procedure
going for a nice balance of exposure with the the blacks, whites, shadows and highlights
controls…the color temperature in the shot looks off too, so we’ll use the white balance
eyedropper, this time, over the truck in the background. I’ll then refine it a little manually. Lastly we’ll add some saturation too. Moving to the third shot, we wanna match it
to the first shot for obvious reasons, since this is pretty much a wide version of the
same scene. To give us a good starting point let’s copy
the correction from the first clip to this one. We’ll go to the first shot select it and
use the keyboard shortcut command “C” (if you’re on a Mac) or control “C” if you’re on Windows, we’ll then go
back to this clip… right click on it and choose Paste Attributes from the dropdown
menu. Make sure the Lumetri Color effect is checked
and click OK. This copies the correction and gives us a
good starting point, but you’ll see that we still have some matching issues. The image is too dark. To help with matching we can go to the Color
Wheels & Match panel and activate the Comparison View. Now we can see a side by side comparison of
our clip and any other clip in the timeline. There are also vertical and horizontal split
options, but we’ll stick to the side by side option. Now here’s the really cool thing. In the side by side view, we can compare them
visually AND in the scopes as well so this makes matching a breeze. To match the traces better we’ll bring up
the general exposure using the exposure slider and then bring up the shadows with the blacks
control. We can see now in the Waveform that both traces
look like they’re at the same level. That’s a nice looking match. Now let’s disable the Comparison View
option. In the interest of time I’ve already gone
ahead and performed color correction to these remaining clips. But in this last shot you’ll see that the
yellow pole looks greenish compared to the ones on the other shots. Well what’s really cool, is that with Lumetri
we can fix that one color. So let’s open the HSL Secondary panel and
then with the eyedropper, let’s click and drag through the pole to qualify it. To see what we’ve selected, let’s turn
on the highlight feature by clicking here. Now clearly our selection isn’t enough. So let’s improve our selection with the
hue, saturation and luma sliders. Then add just a little denoise and blur to
soften the key. Okay now let’s turn the highlight feature
off. We’ll then drag the color wheels control
until the pole loses that green tone… and Bam! Doneski! As a final touch, her face is looking a little
dark so to lighten it we’ll accomplish that with a mask, where we’re effectively relighting
the scene, something really cool we can do in post. Now in order to do this using Lumetri we’ll
need to add a 2nd instance. To do that we need to open the effect panel
and then If we go to the Project Panel we’ll see a double arrow located at the upper right
side… go ahead and click on that and choose Effects from the dropdown menu. Once we find the Lumetri Color Effect we’ll
drag it to the Effect Control panel… and this adds a second instance of lumetri where
we can now use a shape mask. I’ll go ahead and add a mask and size and
position it over here face like so… and add some feathering so this doesn’t stand
out too much. Then to lighten his face, we’ll increase
the shadows…and highlights… Playing it back you can that the talent’s
face moves so this is a problem. To address that we’ll want to track the
shape to her face, so going to the Effects Control Panel, we can easily do this by clicking
on the track forward button. And badda, bing, bada bang! The shape moves perfectly with the movement
of our talent’s face. Really amazing stuff! I love doing color grading in Premiere Pro
CC. Okay now it’s time for the really fun part
and that’s creating an awesome look for these clips. The Orange/Teal Look is a really popular look
because it uses principles of color contrast to make the skin tones advance or pop out
from the background. And frankly it just looks awesome so you’re
going to love this! I’m gonna show you a quick way to apply
the SAME look on top of all of these clips and this will save you time and ensure you
have a consistent look across the board. To do that we’ll go to the Project panel,
right click and select from the dropdown menu… choose New Item… then Adjustment Layer. A prompt will appear and we’ll just click
ok. We’ll drag the Adjustment Layer to the second
video layer over top of our video clips and any adjustment or color treatments we apply
here, will be applied to all the clips underneath the adjustment layer. Pretty sweet huh? Alright now let’s create the look. Make sure the adjustment layer is selected
and we’re going to skip and go straight past the basic correction panel to the curves
where we’ll have more creative control. And a quick crash course on the way this works
in case you haven’t already used these in Photoshop is bottom point adjusts the shadows,
the top point adjusts the highlights and we can make as many points as we want on the
curve in between to shape the tonal range. In this case we don’t want to affect the
highlights or the shadows too much so we’ll create contrast in-between these areas known
as the undertones and midtones. I’ll make a point here in the midtones and
drag it up. This improves our exposure but makes the undertones
look a little washed out. So let’s add another point here and drag
it down to adjust the density of the undertones, there that looks nice, now we have a much
richer contrast. For color we need to push teal into the overall
image but without affecting the skin tones. So let me show you how we’ll do this, we’ll
go to the HSL Secondary panel and use the eyedropper to select our talent’s skin. We’ll then refine our selection with the
Hue, Sat and luma sliders. Then add some denoise and blur for good measure. Then what we need to do since we currently
have our skin tones selected is to actually invert our selection (like so) and now we
can use the color wheel to introduce teal into the image with affecting the skin tones. Now we are onto something… right? But we are not there yet. Something is off. Because we pushed teal into the entire tonal
range our shadows also look teal, so we’ll want to clean them up so we can have clean black
shadows. To do that I’m going to show you a really
awesome trick. I’ll add another instance of lumetri…
go to the Hue Saturation Curves panel. Then go to the Luma vs Sat curve. Now the way this tool works is the shadows
are to the left and the highlights are to the right, and then anywhere that we place
points on the curve, we are able to adjust the saturation for that part of the tonal
range by either pulling up to increase the saturation or pulling down to decrease it. So this is really cool way for selectively
reducing the saturation in the shadows without affecting anything else so we’ll place a
point here so nothing above is affected and then we’ll drag the left point all the way
down to reduce the saturation in the shadows. Voila our shadows are nice and clean and the
skin tones and everything else kept their saturation. If I toggle this instance of lumetri off and
back on again… you can see the difference it made in pulling the teal out of the shadows
on the walls, her hair and the trash can. Okay, so don’t forget that cool trick. Now, just to play with these yellow poles
to have them have a closer tone to her coat and skin tones, so this is more orange teal
we’ll go to the Hue Saturation Curves panel, and under the Hue vs Hue curve we’ll use
the eyedropper to isolate the yellow range. And drag it up to introduce more warmth into the poles. As a final touch, I want to apply one of the LUTs from Ascend that’s available for download when you sign up for the free
workshop. Let’s add another instance of Lumetri and
go to the creative panel. From there we can browse our LUTs and I’ll
choose the 3strip LUT. Now at first it’s too strong but that’s
okay because we can dial it back to taste with the intensity slider. What an awesome look! Now if any of this, has seemed overwhelming
to you I want to let you know about a great alternative that we’ve developed as a plugin. For content creators who don’t want to specialize
as a colorist but still need a professional look with on screen grading, lightroom style
controls, false color mode for landing the correct exposure and real time preview of
LUTs and presets, you can find out more about Cinema Grade I’ll have a link for it in
the description below. So that’s just an alternative. Now I know that I covered a lot of things
here, but my purpose was to help you get started with seeing a difference in your films today. If you’re looking for more guided help in
discovering the power of color grading I want to invite you to our 1-hour color grading
workshop where I reveal the top color grading secrets used in Hollywood and how best to
do color grading in Premiere Pro CC. You’ll find a link to register for the workshop
in the description below this video. In the web class I reveal how I went from
being a wedding videographer down to 0 wedding bookings during the recession of 2008 to improving
the look of my films and landing client work with some of the biggest brands like Facebook. I reveal the same techniques that have had
the biggest impact on my career, so if you’re serious and want to be guided every step of
the the way you won’t want to miss it. I also want to point that if you want to learn
more about our Color Grading Academy it’s the only way you can do that. People ask if we do formal training, well
this is your opportunity to discover that and we’ll have a special offer for the it
at the end of the presentation. So be sure to save your seat, click the subscribe
button and then the bell for more grading videos! I hope you enjoyed this beginner crash course
as much I enjoyed creating it for you and I look forward to seeing you at the training. Have a great day!

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  1. Amazing tutorial! I'd love to see it again though with different scenes/shots. Like a wedding, indoor ceremony & outdoor couple shots.

  2. Good stuff bro. I'm still using your techniques from last year when I bought your academy lessons. Since then, my footage looks so much better! Thank you!

  3. Thanks for the video, as far as i know, Adobe Premiere Pro or Premiere Elements Trial version is your only way to get this professional video editing software absolutely free.

  4. Nice video.You just saved a bunch of future film makers a bunch of money a course for color grading in school is thousands of dollars.thnks for sharing

  5. I'm still using your techniques from last year when I bought your academy lessons. Since then, my footage looks so much better! Thank you!

  6. Premiere Pro CC seem like a piece of must have film editing software for all professionals. It definitely is a stand up app.

  7. Awesome Video with great information. I do like and enjoy this cool video. It has helped me a lot .Thanks for sharing this wonderful video keep it up bro.

  8. I often use an adjustment layer to fix exposure in general and then i go to clip by clip and tweak it to get it perfect. Then i add the layer with the "grading

  9. Dude i really like the way you edit and your talent to explain al things you do. Please keep doing content for people like us that want to know more about good editing. You are doing great.

  10. So cool the color grading in premiere pro cc that you can now do with Lumetri! I had know idea that tools have gotten so good. Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  11. Amazing how much I learn from these videos when I don't even have this software, and my application is photographs! Always excellent, thank you!

  12. Wonderful video you explain beautifully and in detail about
    Color Grading in Premiere Pro CC – Get Pro Film Look. thanks for this amazing video.

  13. so grateful !! it's been almost 3 years now i'm screenwriting, shooting tons of vids, and… NEVER starded editing any, coz I'm too scared of the pre-editing controls! I hate amateur looks, I think you're the one who'll put some guts in me and voilaaaa! putain, c'est le moment! Bravo buddy!

  14. Awesome Legend Hatsoff !!! Learned lot of things Keep It up 👍 U earned sub, like and Comment
    Love and support from India 💐💐💐👌🙏👍👍👍😍

  15. Tip one: export an XML, open DaVinci Resolve, import the XML and color grade I’m DaVinci Resolve.

    DaVinci Resolve is a far better for color grading. Premiere Pro sucks in comparison.

  16. If anyone can help. I shoot at a single location more often than not. I have a preset for a particular colour grade for my photography and it’s always the same (lighting/colours etc)
    Now I’ve started videography, shooting slog3.
    If I was to do a single edit, can I save that entire colour grade to a LUT. I’ve tried IWLTLAB lut generator, but I keep getting random and degrading results when applying the lut.
    Any helpers?

  17. I really like the way you explain this. A lot of color grading videos I've seen just say to lower the blacks and shadows so your scopes reach zero without even really explaining why, and then just throw a lut on top of it. I like the way you actually explained it and showed other steps to enhance the look. I can't wait to apply this to my projects in the future.

  18. You just hacked all the youtubers and made your video the topest of all Premiere pros 😊😋 you deserve million views😍

  19. wow i like it You just saved a bunch of future film makers a bunch of money a course for color grading in school is thousands of dollars

  20. Your CinemaGrade software and tutorials took my color grading to another level! Thank you! Please provide a crossgrade for people who signed up for colorgrading with CinemaGrade, who also want to learn how you color grade with Premiere Pro!

  21. Thank you so much for the tips. We’re just starting off on our YouTube journey as travel bloggers, and we want to make our videos more professional and polished. Can’t wait to try out colour grading on our next video!!

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