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Understanding how warm color frames emotion

From: The Art of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day

Video: Understanding how warm color frames emotion

We have a very positive emotional reaction to warm colors. They remind us of literal warmth, such as basking in the warm sunshine or sitting in front of a warm fire. The yellow and the orange light that the sun and the fires give off reminds us of their physical warming properties. We also associate warm colors with relaxing and even romantic feelings. For example, in this case, a candlelit dinner. We can enhance the effect of candlelight and help suggest more warmth and more romance in an image very easily with a Three-Way Color Corrector.

Understanding how warm color frames emotion

We have a very positive emotional reaction to warm colors. They remind us of literal warmth, such as basking in the warm sunshine or sitting in front of a warm fire. The yellow and the orange light that the sun and the fires give off reminds us of their physical warming properties. We also associate warm colors with relaxing and even romantic feelings. For example, in this case, a candlelit dinner. We can enhance the effect of candlelight and help suggest more warmth and more romance in an image very easily with a Three-Way Color Corrector.

I'm using the warm sequence, and I've applied Looks to this first clip, let's open the Looks builder. I can drag on from the subject area as (INAUDIBLE) Color Corrector, and because most of the changes to light that is given off by a light source happen in the brightest areas, I can push the highlights towards a warmer color. And I'm warming up the scene. I can then enhance the mood by moving the mid-tones towards a warmer color as well.

And here's the before and after. Our reactions to these sorts of colors on screen are much more positive. We can also enhance the mood by simulating some of the properties of light. So we could throw on a small bit of diffusion into the shot, and something that is targeting just the highlights, so I've got the highlights only set to 100% here. Here's the before and after, and we can then push those defused highlights towards a warmer color too. This helps set a positive mood that we've introduced with the warmer colors and the highlights.

We could do the same thing with natural light as well. I'll just hit Finished here, and I'll jump to the second clip, and open Looks on that clip. Here we can push the outside lighting from a slightly white or bluish tinge towards yellow using the highlight. And this already has the effect of increasing our positive vibe towards this mood. It also changes the weather. It's also suggesting that the sun is out, outside the window. Let's enhance this mood even more by pushing the mid-tones towards that same color.

And just as a little finishing touch, let's put some diffusion in here to simulate how the sunlight might diffuse through these windows. Let's put some diffusion on there and bring down the amount of glow. Instantly with these very simple changes, we're changing the mood. You can do this either technically, to make sure it's just light the changing, to give it a warmer look. Or you can increase the mood with the mid-tones and the diffusion. Of course it depends on how you want to portray the scene. But it's interesting that these small little Color Corrections can be an extension of the emotional temperature in the room.

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  1. 4m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 47s
    2. Telling a story with color
      2m 10s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 38m 20s
    1. What different colors tell the audience
      1m 6s
    2. How our eyes see color
      5m 12s
    3. Making sure color is consistent across multiple clips in a sequence
      4m 54s
    4. Understanding the correct order to apply color correction adjustments
      7m 43s
    5. Working with Premiere Pro and the Colorista II plugin
      7m 55s
    6. Working with Premiere Pro and Magic Bullet Looks
      7m 21s
    7. Making contrast, lighting, and mood changes: A general rule of thumb
      4m 9s
  3. 25m 13s
    1. Understanding how cool color frames emotion
      7m 39s
    2. Stylizing a cold location with color grading
      3m 18s
    3. Understanding how warm color frames emotion
      3m 16s
    4. Stylizing a hot location with color grading
      4m 40s
    5. Isolating and adjusting skies
      6m 20s
  4. 28m 0s
    1. Changing the times of day with color
      50s
    2. Creating an early morning look
      5m 24s
    3. Creating a midday look
      2m 36s
    4. Creating an afternoon look
      3m 46s
    5. Creating an evening look
      2m 34s
    6. Composing a day-for-night shot
      7m 28s
    7. Creating a flashback look
      5m 22s
  5. 17m 17s
    1. Changing colors to match the mood of the story
      28s
    2. Stylizing an office scene
      2m 31s
    3. Creating a bedroom color style
      2m 20s
    4. Designing a hospital look
      3m 13s
    5. Stylizing a morgue shot
      2m 56s
    6. Coloring an interrogation scene
      5m 49s
  6. 9m 26s
    1. Separating characters from the background
      44s
    2. Creating fake depth of field in Magic Bullet Looks
      2m 51s
    3. Creating fake depth of field in Colorista II
      5m 51s
  7. 3m 6s
    1. Next steps
      3m 6s

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