Color Page: Examples
Let's explore a couple of examples of adjusting our images in the color page. So I have our example grade here but I'm going to reset that. And the way that you do that is you right click here in the node graph is you right click here in the node graph and select reset all grades and nodes. And that will reset whatever clip you have selected. And I can shift select any of these other clips or command select if I just wanna select a few of them and then I can middle button mouse click to copy that grade, which is nothing to all the other ones. So let's start with this one shot for this, this nice lady looking at camera and really, color correction is all about looking at an image and deciding what you like and what you don't like about it and making those kind of adjustments. Let's say, for whatever reason, we wanted this shot to be a lot darker, we just feel like it's too bright. Well, one of the main ways that you can control the brightness of things is down here in this palette right...
here which is called the primary color wheels. There are four different kind of zones here. Each of these apply to kind of certain brightness levels in the image. Offset is probably the easiest to understand. If you grab the middle of this offset control, this color wheel and you push it any direction, it will push certain colors into your image. And so, if you want your image to look nice and kind of bright orange, and kind of bright orange, you can kind of push some orange into the image. I'll hit command Z. If you want it to be a little bit cooler, you can move it kind of towards the other side. So that's kind of the specific color that we want to push into the image and how strong it is. So, the direction is the color and how strong is just the amount that we push in. Down below this color wheel, there's this little slider, this is called a master wheel. You can kind of think of it as a steering wheel that's kind of set on its side and you're looking at the very top of the steering wheel. You can grab it and kind of wheel it to the right or the left to make it brighter or darker. And so, this will brighten or darken the entire image. That's what offset does. It's pretty much the entire image all at once. Lift, gamma and gain, those split up the images into the darkest parts, the midtones and the lightest parts of the image. So, if I wanna make the bright parts brighter, I can take this master wheel which controls the brightness. In the gain, the brightest parts of the image and I can push that to the right and that will brighten up the brighter parts of the image. I can reset any of these controls at any time by clicking this little circle arrow. So, I'll reset that. Let's say, I wanna make the darker parts darker. I can grab the lift which is the darkest parts of the image. And I can control the brightness with this master wheel down here and grab it and drag it to the left. And that will make the darker parts darker. So we have a lot of control just with these eight little interfaces here. Lift, gamma, gain and offset, both the color wheels and the master wheel. So, let's say we want this shot to look darker So, let's say we want this shot to look darker and maybe we want it to be a little bit cooler, a little bit more blue. Well, we can do this a few different ways and sometimes you just kind of have to grab a control and move it around and see if you like it. So, maybe I'll grab the master wheel for the offset and drag that down just to darken things a little bit and maybe I'll grab the master wheel for the gain to drag the really bright parts down a lot more. And now we're getting a much darker shot. And now we want it to be a little bit more blue. I can grab the offset and push it towards blue a little bit. And now we have this kind of dark blue grade on this image. I can turn my color grade on or off by clicking on this little rainbow button up here and I can bypass my grade and put it back on just by toggling this on or off. So, that's pretty much how the color wheels work. There are also little controls at the top and bottom of this pallet, which you can grab and adjust. One to note, I'll switch to another shot here. One to note is the contrast. I can grab this and drag it to the right and that will add a lot more contrast into our image. Related to the contrast is the pivot. I can grab the pivot and move that back and forth. And what that'll do is kind of change where our contrast lives. So, the contrast is the difference between bright parts and dark parts and the pivot is kind of deciding what parts are bright and what parts are dark. And so if I push this pivot to the left, it's going to brighten up kind of the darker parts of the image. If I push it to the right, it's gonna darken everything down a little more. So, all of these kind of work together to make an image that ends up being the way that you want it to look. The other major control that you might want to check out is the saturation. So that's right here down below the gain wheel. If I click on this 50 and drag it to the right, I can push a lot more saturation or color strength into my shot. into my shot. And now we have this really bright kind of surreal looking footage. And so, really these are all tools that are available for you to kind of help refine your images and make them look the way that you want them to look. Let's take a look at another panel that I think is really essential and let's go to our first clip here. And this time we're gonna use our curves which is in the middle of my interface. By the way, if you don't have these pallets split up into three different sections, that's because of the resolution of your monitor. Depending on how big your monitor resolution is, it kind of moves the panels around a little bit. But they should all be on the very bottom and they all work the same. It's just, they might not be split up exactly like mine. It's not a big deal. Either way, this little icon here is the curbs icon. And when we have this open up, we have this little graph of the brightnesses of our shot. If we grab the middle of this and push it up, what that's gonna do is brighten the midtones of our shot. If we push it down, that's gonna darken the midtones. This is actually a lot like adjusting the master wheel for our gamma. It just gives you a little bit more control over where you really want that push to happen, whether in the brighter parts or the darker parts or right in the middle. And you can add multiple different little control points here and you can make the brighter parts brighter and the darker parts darker and you can adjust the midtones kind of however you want to get a really specific effect. So, normally, what we do is So, normally, what we do is we'd use a combination of all of these different things. Let's go to shot two. And maybe what we'll do is boost up our exposure just with the offset master wheel a little bit and then we'll adjust our contrast using this curve. And I can push the bottom parts down and the brighter part's brighter and we get a nice looking shot here. If I do before and after that we've really kind of refined using a couple different tools down here in the color palettes. There is a lot to go over in the color page. So much actually, that we have a separate course that's available here on CreativeLive where I go through a lot more details. But for now, if you can start to understand the primary color wheels as well as the custom curves here, you're gonna be on your way to making some really beautiful images.