How to Color Correct in Adobe® Premiere Pro®

Lesson 2/14 - Attention Deficit Color Correction


How to Color Correct in Adobe® Premiere Pro®


Lesson Info

Attention Deficit Color Correction

Let's take a look at fixing an image. So I'm gonna go ahead, open up a sequence, bring a clip in. We'll jump over to here, let's bring this fullscreen. We have a variety of images here. Some are already color corrected, some are less color corrected. I'm gonna actually give us even more to work with. So we might have an image that is a little bit off so I see this image is a little bit gold, I'm gonna go ahead and just create a sequence with it. Drop that right onto create a sequence. And my assumption is if you are watching this class is that you've either worked with Premiere, you've taken the quick start course that we have or you may have taken the boot camp course that we have on Premiere Pro. So I'm not gonna necessarily be talking a lot about the nuances of this is where your affects control panel, this is what you do with it, we're gonna just jump right in to the idea of color correction. So, if I wanted to fix something and this isn't a bad shot. It's probably a little yellow,...

but I just wanna do a quick fix on it, so there's probably two things I wanna do. I wanna, first of all, if you haven't switched over to the color workspace, you might be in the editing workspace which looks a lot like this, go ahead and move over and switch to the color workspace. And if you've played with it, you might wanna reset it to its default, that way yours and mine will look the same. And let me talk a little bit about what we've done here. When you switch to the color workspace, it does a few things. First of all, it moves everything from your traditional editing over to the left and reveals this new panel, the Lumetri color effect. It is actually an effect that you can get also from the effects tab. But this automatically opens it up, so you can start working with these elements. And it brings a couple of things else into play. There'll be a new tab called Lumetri scopes, and we will talk about the scopes later on in the course. I'll just give you a peek at what our scopes are and these give me a graphical representation of the color and luminance information inside of my shot. So that's one of the changes that happens. Another change that happens is it turns on a feature, where if I have a clip in my timeline, whatever clip that my playhead is parked over it automatically loads it into my source monitor. And that's important because if it did not do that, you would think you're color correcting this shot, but this shot may have been the one loaded in previously. So it will automatically load in whatever shot your playhead is over. As a matter of fact, that's a preference you can set inside of Premiere, if you wanna work that way. So, let's take a look at this image. It's pretty good, it's very golden. We're only gonna do two things. This is the ADD version, we're gonna go right over here to our Lumetri color panel. We're gonna go into basic correction and we're just gonna use two things. And I'm not usually a big fan of auto-fixing, but sometimes that's all the time you have. Sometimes you just don't want to learn how to color correct, and you only have 15 minutes because you're sneaking away to watch this and your boss is coming back. So, there are two things you wanna do. You wanna correct the luminance levels. The darkest areas and the brightest areas and you can go ahead. This auto button down to the right. It only affects luminance levels, it will not change the color cast of your image. So if I click it, it will do its best guess, not dramatically different, but it brought the black levels down and it made sure the white levels were really bright. If I had an image that was a lot darker, and let's go ahead and bring one of those in. I'm gonna bring my palette up here. Let's step in to our media. So, if I have an image that is say, rather dark that should not be dark, and we'll go ahead and bring one of those images in. We don't wanna use a night shot. So we'll go ahead, there we go. Get to see my face, and. I'm gonna simply bring that in. So there's my lovely, lovely face. Let's see if my face is too big. I'm gonna go ahead, this might be 4K, so I'm gonna go ahead and set it to the frame size. No, we're good. So I'm obviously too yellow there. And I'm a little bit too dark, so I'll do an auto. It should have brightened me up just a little bit. And then if I wanna do color correction, I need to sample something that would be white. Our neutral gray. We'll get the color right there. I just grabbed something that should have been gray in my glasses, and you'll notice that it automatically took out that really yellow, golden color cast. So if you have no time, and don't wanna learn about anything else, auto will do its best guess. And I'll tell you something. It can easily be confused. If I did auto on a really dark image. One of these night shots. It doesn't know that it's a night shot. Let me go ahead and make that big. So if I go auto, it'll open it up. So now it doesn't really look like night. And then if I do the color correction, grabbing the little eyedropper, guessing that's something that should be neutral white. Kinda looks like sunset. But we know it was a night shot. So that's basically the two buttons you need to know for working with color correction.

Class Description

Take the mystery out of color correction in Adobe Premiere Pro. Led by Abba Shapiro, this course will show how to use Premiere’s powerful Lumetri Color Effects panel. He’ll show you basic and advanced color correction techniques. You’ll learn how to read and use Premiere’s Video Scopes to better judge and correct your video; as well as how to use Premiere’s pre-installed looks, and create looks of your own, to stylize your video.

This course covers:

  • Understanding Color And Contrast
  • Reading Video Scopes
  • Basic Color Correction Techniques
  • How to use curves for fine-tune adjustments
  • Using the hue/saturation wheel
  • Legacy Color Effects
  • Creating A Look

Abba will show how to use masks to isolate your corrections to specific parts of an image and even put these corrections into motion with Premiere’s key framing and automated tracker tools.

Whether you need to fix the color in a shot, match the colors between two shots, or give your video an overall look - having a deep knowledge of Premiere’s color tools will allow you to get the job done and done right.

Software Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017


Jason Acuna

I've been filming/editing language learning videos recently and thought "The free tutorials on YouTube are cool, but I wish I could pay an expert to just clearly explain white balance/color correction to me. How to confidently read the scopes, etc". Lo and behold, a few days later this course appears out of nowhere! It delivered all the basic stuff I wanted, clearly explained. I particularly liked the encouraging advice - if you get 95% there (regarding getting the 'perfect' balance), be happy with that 95% and keep moving forward! Thank you!

Olivia Preston

This class was well organized and Abba explains the lessons in a friendly, easy to understand way. It's obvious he enjoys teaching.