Join Simon Walker for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating fake depth of field in Colorista II, part of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day.
Having depth of field with magic bullet looks to a static shot is very useful.…But the problem with our characters onscreen is that they tend to move and…here our actress moves from the left to the right through the shot.…So if we added a static frame or a static soft edge vignette then she would move in…and out of it. So, this would be a job for the plug-in…Colorista rather than Looks in this instance, because you can animate vignettes.…I'm using the Colorista II sequence, and I'm going to apply Colorista to this shot.…
In the secondary and in the master sections of Colorista, we have the ability…to apply a mask. I'm going to use the secondary section…because that has the Pop tool that I'm going to use to soften the outside of the mask.…One of the important things to do when you're applying a mask to Colorista is to…set the filter, because then you see a preview of the onscreen controls.…And I'm going to go down to the mask area, the secondary power mask, and I'm going to…turn on the ellipse. And now we can see it on screen.…
Simon works with Adobe Premiere Pro and the Magic Bullet Colorista II and Looks plugins, but these lessons can be applied to any color correction workflow.
- How our eyes see color
- What colors tell the audience
- Making sure color is consistent
- Applying adjustments in the correct order
- Understanding how warm and cool colors frame emotion differently
- Isolating and adjusting skies
- Changing the time of day with color
- Designing interiors like an office, a hospital, or an interrogation room
- Creating fake depth of field
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Do I need any plug-ins or additional software to perform the color grading work shown in this course?
A: This course demonstrates techniques that will work in any color grading software, including the built-in 3-way color corrector tools in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Avid Media Composer. However, the author uses some plug-ins for Premiere Pro in this course. While you can still get similar results with other tools, you may wish to try the same tools used in the course. If so, you can install Colorista II and Looks by Magic Bullet. There are free trial versions of these plug-ins available at the Red Giant website at https://www.redgiant.com/downloads/trial-versions/registration/magic-bullet-colorista-ii/.