Join Simon Walker for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating fake depth of field in Magic Bullet Looks, part of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day.
One of the nice thing about Magic Bullet Looks is it's extra tools that allow you…to do fake depth of field. So, I'm going to choose the Magic Bullet…Looks sequence here, and apply it to this clip.…I'll just grab the Looks from the set of effects filters and I'll click Edit Look…to bring up the Looks builder. Over in the Lens section, we've got a…vignette tool. And the Vignette tool with its screen…controls, lowers the luma values of the edge of the image to allow us to focus on…the subject in the center. Here's the before and after.…
But next to it, there is also in the Lens section, an Edge Softness tool.…The Edge Softness tool is used in a very similar way as the Vignette.…You can change the aspect, and you can move it around the screen.…And everything inside the center area of this tool, is not blurred, and everything…outside is blurred according to the blur quality amount in the settings.…I've always found that the blur size of three is a little too much for this…effect, so I tend to reduce it down to one or one and a half.…
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/.