Join Simon Walker for an in-depth discussion in this video How our eyes see color, part of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day.
The first thing to learn about how we perceive color, is that we can't trust our eyes.…The way our eyes interpret color changes according to which colors we're looking at…and which colors are placed next to each other.…You can easily demonstrate this with a simple spreadsheet.…I've created a spreadsheet here with two orange panels.…And a blue panel in the middle. And it's a very light blue panel and the…oranges are constant. They're not gradient, but the interesting…thing is that they may appear to be a gradient because of the viewing angle, or…that you're looking at the screen. Or your type of screen you're looking at.…
And all these things combine to change the color on screen.…The reason that you can see the central column as blue, and the panels as orange,…is because they are complimentary colors, they are colors that are on opposite sides…of the color wheel. And on the digital color wheel that we…work with on the computer, oranges are on the opposite side of blue.…And so they compliment each other. And it means that when these color work…
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/.