Change the color of an object throughout a video to add a touch of artistry. See how Plant and Gruenwedel animate color in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Kendall Plant and Stefan Gruenwedel work on the Adobe Studio team. Plant is a designer, art director, and content creator. Gruenwedel is an editor who focuses on instructional digital video content.

Cosa serve

This sample file has Adobe Stock images you can use to practice what you learn in this tutorial. If you want to use the sample file beyond this tutorial, you can purchase a license on Adobe Stock. Check out the ReadMe file in the folder for the terms that apply to your use of this sample file.

Apply the effect

Open the Effects panel (Shift+7), enter change to color in the search field, and drag the Change to Color effect to the clip.

Premiere Pro Effects panel on the left has Change to Color highlighted, timeline on right shows effect applied to video clip

Select a base color

Open the Effect Controls panel (Shift+5). In the Change to Color section, use the From eyedropper to sample the color you want to replace. The color changes to red by default.

Effects Control panel with Change to Color properties shows a callout around the From color eyedropper tool

Refine the color selection

Make slight adjustments to the Tolerance (Hue) settings and Softness to fine-tune your color selection.

Change to Color properties shows Hue is set to 15% and Softness is set to 60%

Pick a new color

Click the To color chip and choose a new target color. With the playhead at the start of the clip, click the stopwatch next to To. This creates a starting animation keyframe.

Change to Color properties shows a callout around the To color eyedropper tool, jacket is now yellow

Animate the color

Advance the playhead and pick another To color to set a new keyframe. Continue moving the playhead and setting a new color at various intervals to animate the color flow throughout the shot. Press the spacebar to preview the final effect.

Timeline shows 6 keyframes for the To color property, the playhead is on the 3rd keyframe, the dancer’s jacket is fuchsia

Create a moving spectrum

Match coloration changes to a beat to add dynamic style to your videos.

Note: Project files included with this tutorial are for practice purposes only.


Artists: Kendall Plant, Stefan Gruenwedel

Adobe Stock contributor: AILA_IMAGES

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