Change the color of an object in a video to add a touch of artistry to your project.

Now try it yourself

Find the Change to Color effect.  

 

1. Download the practice file project and open it in Premiere Pro. On the top-left panel group window, you find the Projects Panel active and Effects Panel hidden behind. Bring the Effects Panel to the foreground, by clicking on Effects.

 

Tip: If you don’t see the Effects Panel, activate it on the Window drop-down-menu at the top menu bar.

2. On the Effects Panel, you can find effects by typing in the name or keyword into the search field. Type Change to Color, until the effect appears on the panel.

Apply the Change to Color effect

3. Click and drag the effect onto the video clip in the timeline and release it. 

 

Tip: When the effect was successfully applied to the video, the video clip will show a white outline and a fx mark at the top left corner of the clip.

Once you applied an effect to a clip in the timeline, the Effect Controls panel is activated allowing you to customize the effects settings. 

On the Effect Controls panel find the Change to Color settings. There are two sections - From and To - with an Eyedropper tool and a Color Picker square, indicating the current selected color.

 

4. On the From section chose the Eyedropper tool and your cursor becomes a pipette. Pick up the yellow color of the girl's jacket in the Program Window

 

Tip: When you pick the yellow color of the girl's jacket with the Eyedropper tool, the jacket turns red as Hue is selected by default as object of change.

Fine-tune your color selection

5. On the Change to Color settings, expand the Tolerance and Softness section by clicking on the small arrow. Change Hue value to 15 % and set Softness to 60%.

 

Tip: When you move the cursor over the blue percentage numbers, your cursor becomes a hand with arrows. Click on the value and move to the left to decrease or to the right to increase the value. Or you can click the number and type in directly the desired value.

Animate the color change

6. With the playhead at the start of the clip, click the stopwatch next to To on the Change to Color settings. This creates a starting animation keyframe. You will create more keyframes on the timeline later, whenever you want a color to be replaced.

Set the starting color

7. In the To section click on the small color square and a Color Picker dialog will open. From the color bar in the middle of the dialog window, chose an orange area, then fine-tune your selection on the left. Click OK when you are done.

8. Advance the playhead to the position where you want the girl's jacket to change its color.

9. Click again on the small color square in the To section to open the Color Picker dialog. From the color bar in the middle, chose a color from the red area and click OK. This will set the target color of the girl's jacket to red at this video position.

10. On the Effects-Timeline a new keyframe was created. Click on the playhead and drag it to the starting keyframe on the left to preview the color change.

Keeping a color

11. Move the playhead to a video position you want the current color to be retained the same. Click on the little diamond symbol between the two arrows to create a new keyframe. The new keyframe will take over all values from the preceding keyframe and therefore keep the red color.

 

Tip: In case you want to the change the keyframe position you can simply click and drag the keyframes on the Effect Controls timeline.

12. Move the playhead to the next video position and apply a purple color to the girl's jacket, by changing the color value in the TO section of the Change to Color effect settings. A keyframe was automatically created. Click and drag the playhead to preview the color changes we have created so far.

13. Move the playhead to a new video position you want the current purple color to be retained the same. Click on the little diamond symbol to create a new keyframe.

14. Move the playhead again and apply a blue color to the girl's jacket, by changing the color value in the TO section of the Change to Color effect settings.

15. Move the playhead to a new video position you want the current blue color to be retained the same. Click on the little diamond symbol to create a new keyframe.

Fine-tune your work

16. Move the playhead to the beginning of the video, then press the spacebar on your keyboard to preview the effect.

17. Use the Zoom scroll bar to zoom in or out the effects timeline to reposition keyframes precisely. To adjust a specific keyframe value the playhead must be exactly at the keyframe position. 

 

Tip: Use the little arrows around the diamond symbol to navigate exactly to the next keyframe.

That's it! Now it's your turn to change the color of an object in a video in 60 seconds with Premiere. Download the assets or use your own and share your image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MadewithPremiere to get feedback and connect with other creative minds.

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09/08/2020
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