Learn how to use color correction to refine your visuals for a professional look.
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What role does video color play in your projects?

You can add impact to your video projects with creative color adjustments.

What is color correction?

Color correction is a broad term that describes the adjustments you make to the colors and brightness of your visuals. This might mean a simple increase in color intensity or a subtle and atmospheric mood change applied to particular areas of a shot.

Discover the Lumetri Color panel

The Premiere Pro Lumetri Color panel offers several types of color adjustments. There are automatic color adjustment options to correct or match colors between shots, and precise controls for creative color-finishing effects.

Match clip colors

One of the first steps to take when you work with color is to make sure that all of your visuals look like they were shot at the same time, on the same day, with the same lighting and camera setup.

Side-by-side images of a fruit dessert, one with a blue color cast and the other with corrected natural colors

Correct your white balance

Audiences will quickly notice when your shots have an unwanted color tint. Start by restoring the image to natural-looking colors. You can use the controls in the Lumetri Color panel to automatically fix color balance.

Match clips with different color balance

It’s noticeable when colors in a scene change from one shot to the next. If you’re shooting with multiple cameras, matching colors can make a big difference in crafting a professional look for your content. Use the Color Match option in the Lumetri Color panel to automatically match shots.

Perform basic corrections

You can add punch to your visuals by dragging the Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Contrast, and other sliders in the Lumetri Color panel. For maximum impact, try increasing the Saturation or Vibrance to stand out on social media.

Give footage a creative look

Correcting the colors in your shots is just half the journey. Next, you’ll add a unique look and atmosphere to your project. It’s common for a channel or series to have a recognizable look so followers can instantly identify new content you have shared.

An image of a woman doing yoga with dramatic lighting and color effects

Add a Look preset with a click

Turn your everyday footage into a powerful movie moment. Multiple filmic presets are available in the Look menu, located in the Lumetri Color panel’s Creative section. Browse through dozens of previews, and if you find one you like, simply click on it to apply it to your shot.

Make dramatic color adjustments for visual impact

Sometimes subtlety doesn’t get the message across — there are no rules when it comes to creative color work. The main thing is to be consistent, so pick some impactful changes and try them on all your shots to be sure they work for the whole project. These kinds of adjustments can turn less-exciting footage into a vivid visual experience.

Color and Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro includes multiple visual effects and color-adjustment tools to give you both automatic and precise manual controls.

A woman doing yoga with dramatic lighting and color effects, with the Premiere Pro Lumetri Color panel overlaid

The art and science of color adjustment

Working with color is both an art and a science. The best way to discover the right look for your content is to try new things, play back your shots, and decide if you like the results.

The Lumetri Color panel

The Lumetri Color panel is your first stop for exploring color adjustment. Choose Window > Lumetri Color or select Color in the Workspaces panel at the top of the interface.

Experiment to learn the tools

Some tools and controls may be unfamiliar. Often, the best way to learn is by experimenting, and you can always use the Undo command to retrace your steps. So try things out freely and learn by doing.

01/20/2021
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