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5 COLOR GRADING hacks (Premiere Pro Tutorial)

Learn how to color grade your footage, enhance skintones and add lighting in this basic tutorial in Adobe Premiere Pro.

5 color grading hacks in Adobe Premiere Pro

1. Getting better skintones in premiere pro

A super simple trick to make sure that your skintones are always accurate is to select your layer and make small mask with the pen tool inside the opacity property. Make this mask on the cheek or forehead. Then open the lumetri scopes, right click and make sure that only the vectorscope (YUV) is selected.

From this scope you will see a white cloud, this is the color range of the skintones. Make sure that it sits right between Yl and R. You can do this by playing around with the temperature of your clip from the lumetri color panel.

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Vectorscope for better skintones

2. Selective skintone colorgrading

Since the previous tip effects the entire shot we only want it to effect our skintones, so how do we do that? Very simple, from the lumetri color panel, go to the HSL Secondary tab and with the pipette tool, select the skincolor. Then using the HSL sliders, refine the selection to make sure that only the skintones are selected.

Once that’s done you can alter the contrast, temperate and saturation of the skintones without affecting the overall image.

3. Fake lighting

If you have shot a scene and the lighting isn’t that good. For example specific shadows or highlights need to be more affected. You can simply play around with those sliders from the lumetri color panel and then make a mask on the areas where it needs to be applied. Then track that mask and feather it a bunch. And voila, a perfect way to create fake lighting in Premiere Pro.

4. Recreating colors from any movie scene

Have you ever been watching a movie and being so mesmerized by the color grading? Well you can actually also apply that same color grading to your footage too. All you need is a shot that is quite similar looking when it comes to scenery or lighting and a still frame from the movie you love. Then put these next to eachother in the timeline, go to the lumetri panel with your clip selected.

From the Color wheels & Match tab, click on comparison view, make sure that the left screen shows the movie still from your favorite movie. And then simply click on apply mask and your footage will be altered to the colors of the reference movie. Simple as that.

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Color Matching

5. HSL Curves

From the lumetri color panel, go to the Curves tab and then open the Hue Saturation Curves dropdown. Here you can find a whole bunch of different HSL curves which let your control the values of specific color hues.

That means that you can make all the blues more teal or more green, all the red colors more desaturated and so on. Don’t overdo these curves tho, because they often do create digital artifacts.

Learn more about color grading in adobe premiere pro

If you want to learn a whole lot more about color grading in Adobe Premiere Pro you can always have a look at our dedicated course, which you can find here on our website.

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