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The Art of Color Correction: Artistic Color Grading on the Timeline
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The Art of Color Correction: Artistic Color Grading on the Timeline

with Simon Walker

Video: Welcome

(music playing) Hi there, I'm Simon Walker and welcome to the art of color correction, artistic color grading on the timeline. In this course, we are going to approach the subject of color grading using observations of the color techniques of the most famous artists in history. We're going to look at the methods these painters used, reference their signature styles. And apply their color techniques to modern video footage using off the shelf editing software. We'll start with inspiration from frescoes of the early renaissance to treat our video with vibrant yet muted colors.
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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. Observing the light and color in paintings
      2m 31s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 21s
    4. The Art Reference PDF
      36s
  2. 31m 30s
    1. What is a grade?
      1m 25s
    2. Starting with contrast and color
      8m 15s
    3. Working with Colorista II
      5m 56s
    4. Working with Magic Bullet Looks
      11m 50s
    5. Understanding how different colors affect the mood of shots
      4m 4s
  3. 28m 15s
    1. Introducing fresco and Early Renaissance
      1m 50s
    2. Observing Michelangelo to understand high and low contrast
      11m 32s
    3. Using diffusion and accentuating highlights in the style of Fra Angelico
      7m 31s
    4. Working with "The Birth of Venus" to create high contrast and high saturation
      7m 22s
  4. 23m 29s
    1. Introducing the Renaissance
      2m 43s
    2. Working with limited palettes and three-dimensional space in the style of Da Vinci
      7m 11s
    3. Observing the sfumato technique to smooth skin
      6m 50s
    4. Creating a rich, saturated, theatrical look in the Renaissance style
      6m 45s
  5. 27m 19s
    1. Introducing light and shade
      1m 57s
    2. Using Rembrandt's chiaroscuro technique to increase tension
      8m 43s
    3. Changing the mood of a scene using light and shade
      10m 5s
    4. Creating a film noir look
      6m 34s
  6. 19m 12s
    1. Introducing the Impressionists
      1m 22s
    2. Observing Renoir to enhance sunlit scenes using soft glows and pools of light
      7m 24s
    3. Using complementary colors in daylight shadows in the style of Monet
      5m 59s
    4. Creating a romantic look inspired by Degas
      4m 27s
  7. 21m 35s
    1. Introducing "colorist" painters
      1m 48s
    2. Observing Picasso to study the effects of different colors on story
      6m 10s
    3. Applying colors to complement skin tones
      7m 6s
    4. Creating a thriller look inspired by Hopper
      6m 31s
  8. 3m 27s
    1. Next steps
      3m 27s

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The Art of Color Correction: Artistic Color Grading on the Timeline
2h 41m Appropriate for all Jun 12, 2013

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Classical painters who spent their lives investigating light, color, and form can teach us a great deal about composition, color, and light in video. This course enables editors to replicate the techniques of the masters in their own films, simulating visual techniques like chiaroscuro, sfumato, and the Impressionist style of capturing light, color, and specular highlights. Author Simon Walker covers painterly treatments that are easily applied to a wide range of footage, including landscapes, portraits, interiors, and close-ups. He uses Colorista II and Magic Bullet Looks to achieve these effects, but the principles can be applied to almost any color correction toolset.

Topics include:
  • What is a grade?
  • Starting with contrast and color
  • Observing Michelangelo's approach to high and low contrast
  • Accentuating highlights in the style of Fra Angelico
  • Working with Leonardo da Vinci's limited palettes
  • Using chiaroscuro to increase tension
  • Changing the mood of a scene with light and shade
  • Applying colors to complement skin tones
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Color Correction
Software:
Premiere Pro Magic Bullet Suite
Author:
Simon Walker

Welcome

(music playing) Hi there, I'm Simon Walker and welcome to the art of color correction, artistic color grading on the timeline. In this course, we are going to approach the subject of color grading using observations of the color techniques of the most famous artists in history. We're going to look at the methods these painters used, reference their signature styles. And apply their color techniques to modern video footage using off the shelf editing software. We'll start with inspiration from frescoes of the early renaissance to treat our video with vibrant yet muted colors.

Next, we'll use the color blending techniques in careful shading of renaissance paintings like Di Vinci and Reubens, to create three dimensional forms. We'll use the light and shading technique also known as chiaroscuro, made famous by Rembrandt and Vermeer, for creating dramatic scenes and focusing attention on areas in the image. I'll look at the way that impressionists accented the effects of sunlight with color and were able to use light to identify different times of day. Finally, we'll look at the work of the colorists, Picasso, Gauguin and Hopper to experiment with the relationship between colors to create mood, drama and intensity.

During this course, I'll be using Adobe Premiere Pro with Red Giant's popular grading plugins, Magic Bullet and Colorista to demonstrate these techniques. But many of these color corrections can be achieved using a wide range of different software applications. So, it doesn't matter if you haven't got these programs. You can still watch the course, learn from the techniques I'm going to show you and then apply them to your own work. So, let's get started with artistic color grading on the timeline.

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