The Art of Color Correction: Artistic Color Grading on the Timeline

with Simon Walker
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The Art of Color Correction: Artistic Color Grading on the Timeline
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Classical painters who spent their lives investigating light, color, and form can teach us a great deal about composition, color, and light in video. This course enables editors to replicate the techniques of the masters in their own films, simulating visual techniques like chiaroscuro, sfumato, and the Impressionist style of capturing light, color, and specular highlights. Author Simon Walker covers painterly treatments that are easily applied to a wide range of footage, including landscapes, portraits, interiors, and close-ups. He uses Colorista II and Magic Bullet Looks to achieve these effects, but the principles can be applied to almost any color correction toolset.

Topics include:
  • What is a grade?
  • Starting with contrast and color
  • Observing Michelangelo's approach to high and low contrast
  • Accentuating highlights in the style of Fra Angelico
  • Working with Leonardo da Vinci's limited palettes
  • Using chiaroscuro to increase tension
  • Changing the mood of a scene with light and shade
  • Applying colors to complement skin tones
Premiere Pro Magic Bullet Suite


- Hi there, I'm Simon Walker, and welcome to The Art of Color-Correction: Artistic Color-Grading on the Timeline. In this course, we're going to approach the subject of color-grading using observations of the color techniques of the most famous artists in history. We're going to look at the methods these painters used, reference their signature styles, and apply their color techniques to modern video footage using off-the-shelf editing software. We'll start with inspiration from Frescos of the early Renaissance to treat our video with vibrant, yet muted colors.

Next, we'll use the color-blending techniques and careful shading off Renaissance painters, like da Vinci and Rubens to create three dimensional forms. We'll use the light and shade technique, also know as Chiaroscuro, made famous by Rembrandt and Vermeer, for creating dramatic scenes and focusing attention on areas in the image. I'll look at the way that Impressionists accented the effects of sunlight with color, and were able to use light to identify different times of day.

Finally, we'll look at the work of the Colorists: Picasso, Gauguin, and Hopper, to experiment with the relationship between colors to create mood, drama, and intensity. During this course, I'll be using Adobe Premiere Pro, with Red Giant's popular grading plug-ins, Magic Bullet Looks and Colorista to demonstrate these techniques. But many of these color corrections can be achieved using a wide-range of different software applications. So it doesn't matter if you haven't got these programs, you can still watch the course, learn from the techniques I'm going to show you, and then apply them to your own work.

So, let's get started with Artistic Color-Grading on the Timeline.

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