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Now, as we're getting close to being done with your movie and you want to make your movies pop out, I highly suggest color correcting. So, while this is a really nice shot, the footage is really kind of blah. I mean the colors are muted. I don't if it was a cloudy day or not, but it just doesn't really excite me at all. So, what should I do? Well, I'm going to go into my Edit menu and look at my effects, and I'm going to choose my Color Correction effects. And I've got two options: the AutoTone and Vibrance and the new Three-Way Color Corrector.
This one, as you can see in the name, does an automatic fix for you, and you can do some tweaks, but it really does it all for you in one shot. If you're more courageous, you can really go and make your own unique looks using the Three-Way Color Corrector. So, let's take a look at both of them. I'm just going to select them and drag it onto my footage. I can also drag it down here, but I'm just going to drag it there. And right away you see that the greens really came up and the reds here, and it pops things out a lot more.
AutoTone affects the brightness, the contrast, the exposure, the blacks and the whites, which are shadows and highlights, and it does it all automatically. Now, I can select my clip as I can other effects and go in there, and if you notice, if I turn it off, we're back to that same muted look. But we can really see how by turning it on and having that as part of your clip, it changes the colors dramatically. There're also some dropdowns here, so I can really tweak the Vibrance a little more.
I can change my brightness, contrast, and exposure, and my blacks, and my whites. But I like that. It's all Auto, and I'm in a hurry, so I'm going to leave that alone. Also keep in mind I can right-click here and make a preset, as we did before. So, that is how that works. Now, let me toggle this off for a minute, change it back, and go back into the Effects. Let's try the Three-Way Color Corrector now. I'm going to drag it on, and nothing happened, but it's there. I can see it right here.
So, I'm going to click on Effects, and let's start to do some changes here. So, now if I choose the Preview Tonal Ranges and select that, I can see all these items, and what does this mean? It looks kind of crazy, right, or the cartoon look again? No. What this is showing me is a preview of the tonal ranges. The tonal ranges are the grays, whites, blacks, or midtones, highlights, and shadows. So, they're all color coordinated here. The gray are all my midtones.
Then the highlights, or maybe that's where the sun shining or there's light there, are my whites. As we can see, there's not a whole lot right there. My shadows, however, I've got a lot of shadows. So, I can manipulate all of those. So, I'm going to uncheck that, and now I know what I'm working with. I'm going to go into my grays, and this would look a lot better if it was maybe a little bit of a warmer day. So first, what I'm going to do is set my Gray Balance. So, let's look at some type of a midtone here, and I'll take the eyedropper. And I'm going to select this kind of a brown color.
That's my balance. And now I'm going to start to move around and change this. And you see if I go to an extreme, in any direction, it really tweaks it out and makes it an odd color. So, you really want to go just subtly. So, I'm going to go a little bit warmer there. And if I want to saturate it a little more, I've got areas to do it down here. Midtones Balance Magnitude, my Gain, and my Saturation is down here. So, you can really, really geek out and have a lot of control over what you're doing.
So, we'll leave those alone for right now, and let's check out highlights. Now I do see, if I click on it once again, I really have only got a couple of highlights. I've got white selected. So, I'm going to leave the Highlights alone. They're not really something that's bothering me, but I might look at my shadows and see if I can do something with them and bring them up a little bit. So, I'm going to click on the shadows and if I go extreme, you can see they start changing colors. So, now what if I wanted to go a little bit maybe greenish blue and did that? And if I went down here and maybe upped my Saturation just a little bit.
So, that's kind of a unique look. It's definitely not that flat look that I had before, but actually now looking at, it reminds me of 1970s horror movies. Let's turn it off for a moment. There is that muted look. Turn it back on. We've got more reds, the greens look a little better, the sky looks different. So, you can see how you can make your own looks using the Three-Way Color Corrector. And once again, I can click on it, Save Preset, and go in add it to a future clip so that they're all matching.
So, as we can see, in Elements, you can have a quick fix like this and you can also create a unique look. In any case, Elements really gives you a lot of power color correcting your movies.
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