Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding color masks, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Color Correction.
- On every effect in Final Cut Pro X, you have the option to apply a shape or color mask. This allows you to control how the effect is applied, isolating it to only a designated portion of the image. The same is true with the Color Correction effect. Masks are our gateway to performing secondary color correction in Final Cut Pro. Let's see how this works by applying a color mask to a clip. I'm in my 4.1 Keyboard Collection, and I've double-clicked my Color Mask project to open it in the timeline.
And just like we've done in other movies, I'd like to apply a color correction effects. So I head I head over to my Effects browser, and under the Color section, apply the Color Correction effects on the clip. So far when we've used this effect, we've gone to the Color Board, but I would like to apply a color mask. On the top right-hand corner, you can see that I have the option to apply a Shape or Color Mask onto the clip. I will click to bring up the Contextual menu and choose to add a Color Mask onto the clip.
Now nothing happens by default, except that you can see under the Color Correction Effects, a Color Mask is applied. What I'd like to do is make a selection, so I'm going to sample some of the red in the lead singer's shirt. I'm going to click and hold to draw out a color mask, and as you can see that color mask is preserved. I can add to this color mask by holding down the shift key to select other colors to make sure that I get the entire shirt, and you can see that I've selected too much there, so I want to hit now the option key to remove some colors that I've added.
You can see that there's some there in his face, but with a couple of clicks by shift clicking and option clicking, we can get the mask just perfect. Now with this selection I'd like to maintain the saturation in his shirt while lowering the saturation in everything else. So this is where I'm going to go to the Color Board. So I'll click on this little arrow which will bring me to the Color Board, and you'll see that there's a difference at the bottom, and the difference is the ability to work on the Inside and the Outside of the mask.
I'll click on the Outside tab, and I'm going to go to the Saturation, and I'd like to bring down the overall Saturation of the clip, or the Global Saturation. So this is going to affect everything outside the color mask I just selected. I'll click and drag, and you can see within a couple of seconds, the overall saturation of the clip changed, but we kept the saturation in his shirt. While this mask isn't perfect, we'll look at adding a shape mask to further refine this clip in the next movie.
- Evaluating the shot with video scopes
- Automatically fixing white balance
- Adjusting contrast
- Adjusting color
- Working with compositing modes and masks
- Applying filmic looks and effects