Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a bleach bypass look, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Color Correction.
- When recording to film, a common process to get the desired look in post was was to partially or entirely skip the bleaching process. Some people also refer to this as silver retention. Usually you would have a color image with a black and white image over top. The end result would be a clip that has less saturation with an increase in contrast. Let's see a few ways we can recreate this look in Final Cut Pro X. I have my clip here. We're going to explore three different ways of achieving this result.
The first one is rather simple. You can go to the Looks category, and you can take what Final Cut Pro gives you as a bleached bypass look as we saw in an earlier movie. Keep in mind you can see if this affect is too strong for you. You can use the option key to see how it blends in with the original clip. Let's explore a few other ways to sort of bring everything together. The next thing I wanna do is go to the color category and choose the color correction affect. I wanna apply a bleach bypass look with the color correction affect.
So first thing I gotta do is go to the color board. I can hit command 6 to do so. And let's play with exposure. As we said, the end result is an increase in overall exposure. So I'll play here with my shadows and my highlights to get a stronger exposure on the clip. The next thing is in saturation, which is a lower overall saturation level. I wanna take the global slider and minimize the saturation in the clip.
We're starting to get there. Now, it's also common that under color, for there to be an increase in the orange and red area. So I'm gonna go to the midtones slider for my color, and I'm gonna drag it over to the section where there's orange and red, and I'm gonna bring it up a little bit. Now, we can see this effect, this bleached bypass effect coming together by the use of our color board. I'm gonna go over into the area where I've added the effects.
I'm gonna select the Color Correction 1 effects, and I'm gonna hit delete. The other way, which we've achieved by using compositing modes is to basically make a copy of this clip. I wanna option click and drag to make a copy. On the copy, I'm going to throw a color correction effect onto the clip. I'll go into the color board. I'll go over to saturation and bring down the global saturation so it's completely black and white.
That was this process we were talking about where there was a black and white image laid over top. Now, using a handy blend mode, which we'll find over here in the video tab of the inspector. I'll go into compositing blend modes and play with a few. I wanna go to Screen first and see the look. We can see that that is similar to some of the bleached bypass look we got from the effect that's given to us in Final Cut. You can also use the Opacity slider that will work like a mix slider to mix this into the clip.
Let's try a different blend mode. I wanna move from screen to overlay. You can see the different type of effect that's achieved with the high contrast. Let's apply one more. Add, and I'll bring down the opacity value. But there you have it. Three different ways of achieving the bleach bypass effect.
- 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