When you are keying footage and placing it on top of a background, you will want to color correct both so it looks like you shot both together in one piece of footage. How do you color correct keyed footage in Keylight? In this movie, author Luisa Winters demonstrates how to use Keylight in Adobe After Effects to color correct keyed footage.
- Color correction is a very important part of keying. The foreground and the background need to look like if they had been shot together and under the same light. We can accomplish some of this in the production stage, but most of the time we do it by using color correction. Color correction in Keylight can do most of the work you need to accomplish great color. Go ahead and open Composition 5.1 using color correction. You can see here that Keylight has already been applied, but the subject does not look like he belongs in this show.
We can easily fix that by using the built-in tools in Keylight. However, there are other shots that are not so easily fixed. If that is the case, don't color correct using Keylight. Use any other color correction tool and do it there. Just make sure that the color correction effect is applied after Keylight in the stacking order in the effect controls panel. So let's go ahead and select this top clip here and go to foreground color correction.
In here, if this is not checked, go ahead and check it. Enable color correction, and then saturation, contrast, brightness, all of these controls come alive. Let's go ahead and change the saturation a little bit because this subject is clearly a little bit too red. And let's bring this value down quite a bit. Let's bring it down to around 55 or so, and you can see that the subject is already matching the background much better.
Let's also increase the contrast a tiny little bit. Going to change it to 10 or 11. That's a little bit better, and now let's change the brightness. Well, I find that if I change the brightness any amount, then the subject doesn't match the background as well, so I'm going to leave the brightness at zero. If what you need to do is simple, like what we just did, this is perfect for you, but then again, if what you need to do is a little bit more complex, then by all means, use some other tool to do this color correction.
- Shooting for the key
- Basic keying
- Refining the matte
- Masking a key
- Correcting color