Secondary color corrections are applied to specific color ranges within your images. They let you accent, modify, or tone down parts of an image.

For a video, see Secondary Color Correction by Patrick Palmer.

Select and grade a color range

  1. In the Look panel, click the +S icon to add a secondary grading layer.

    S plus icon
  2. Select a color range to target. Do one of the following to select a range:

    1. Choose a preset color range from the range selector.

      Color range selector


      You may have to scroll down the Look panel to see the range selector.

      If none of the six standard colors is a good starting point, click the gray
      button on the right side of the selectors to see more options.

      You can also deselect the Hue, Lightness, or Saturation options. This is useful for targeting a specific luma zone for grading. For example, turning off Hue and Saturation gives you a clean lightness key.

    2. Sample a color range in the image. Click the sample range button (the eyedropper icon with the plus sign), hold down the left mouse button, and move over the color range you’d like to sample. Release the mouse button when you're done.

  3. Use the Grey-out options in the right corner of the Look panel to view the selected region of the image.

    Gray-out menu
  4. Expand or restrict the target color range by dragging the Hue, Lightness, and Saturation sliders.

    The top sliders moves the entire selected range. The bottom sliders feather the selection.

  5. Color correct the target range using the grading tools such as the contrast slider or the Offset color wheel.

Example: Isolating skin tones with secondaries

  1. Add a secondary grading layer by clicking the +S button in the Look panel.

  2. Sample skin tones by clicking the sample range button (the eyedropper icon with the plus sign), holding down the left mouse button, and dragging a rectangle across a range of skin in the image.

    Sample image

    The range selector sliders display the sampled color values:

    Color range of skin tones
  3. View the selected region of the image by selecting the Color/Gray option in the Gray-out menu.

  4. Adjust the range selection by dragging the Hue, Lightness, and Saturation sliders.

    For example, you want to work on a narrower range of skin tones.

  5. Smooth out skin blemishes and wrinkles by dragging the Blur slider to the right.

  6. Warm up skin tones by dragging the Offset hue control toward yellow.

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