Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a duotone effect for video, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Blending Mode Secrets.
Another effect that's quite popular is the use of duo tones. Now many of you have heard of a sepia tone which is simply a particular flavor of a duo tone. A duo tone with a color sehia introduced. This allows you to take a color and map it to the scene and it's one way to age footage and create a stylized feel. In this case, I'd like the ocean to feel a bit bluer. Now we have our beach shot, but I'd like to push this a bit further. On the adjustment layer, one of my favorite effects to apply is a Black & White adjustment, which will make the scene black and white.
So, you could take an adjustment layer and place it above the footage. This allows you to then use the black and white effect. One of the reasons why I like to use this effect rather than a simple de-saturate, is that it does a good job adding contrast into the scene. There's my adjustment layer with the black and white effect. If I want to blend this, the use of blending modes can also add interesting contrast using that black and white adjustment layer.
And we'll explore that a little bit later with a high con look. For now, I'll put this back to normal. If you decide to stylize the edges, remember, simply add an adjustment layer and try that blur. On that adjustment layer, let's apply the fast blur and crank that up a bit with repeated edge pixels, and then I can use some of the blending modes. You'll also note that you can mouse over the blending modes and use your scroll wheel mouse or track pad to simply cycle between the modes until you get a version you like.
In that case, I like how it's blowing out the highlights while leaving the shadows alone. Next, use the new item tab to add a color map. And this is essentially a solid color. You could dial in any color that you want or enter a web value. You can use the color picker. And when you click okay, give it a name. Let's drag that in, and set it to match the duration of the shot. And then using blending modes, we could map the color.
Since the image down below is black and white, I'll get the best results with the color mode. And I could dial in the intensity with the opacity slider. If you want to change the color, simply double click on the layer. And this allows you to map a new color to it. And then it will update automatically in the timeline, allowing you to make any color cast you want, and adjust the intensity to get a very subtle effect. You'll note that things are playing back relatively smoothly despite multiple layers of compositing.
And this is a great way to create an aged feel for your footage.
- Identifying blend modes
- Using blend modes in files from After Effects and Photoshop
- Color correcting with blend modes
- Softening skin
- Hiding noise and grain
- Creating high-contrast or cartoon looks
- Relighting a shot with blend modes