Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Example three: Layering clips, part of Premiere Pro CS5.5: Color Correction.
I've got a still image here of some balloons in the sky and although really the effect I'm going to show you now would work best in a moving image, it's exactly the same point. I just want to show you a way of targeting part of the image. Let me just set this back to Full Size... So, what we have is some nice sharp balloons in the sky and there's are solid area of cloud in the foreground on the right here and some further up cloud beyond the balloons. And what I really want to do is give a bit of color to this image. I want to make that selection of the cloud in such a way that maybe I can give it a little bit of a sunset warm orangey glow yellow, peachy kind of color. But I want to leave the other clouds left alone because they are higher up in the atmosphere and I don't want to affect the balloons or, obviously, the blue of the sky.
Now, there's a pretty straightforward way of doing this. First of all, I'm going to go My Effects and I'm going to choose a Garbage Matte. The Garbage Matte, let's just get a 4.1 here. The Garbage Matte effectively just crops off part of a layer. So, I'm going to take my balloon, I'm going to Copy, Ctrl+C or Cmd+C and Paste, Ctrl+V or Cmd+V. And I'm going to drop a copy of the same clip on top. If this was a video clip, lining them up like this means that I'm getting pixel for pixel, frame for frame one above the other.
I can now put my 4-point Garbage Matte on top. And of course, nothing is going to happen right away. I need to bring up my Effect Controls, go to the Garbage Matte, and I can either adjust the controls manually inside of the Effect Controls panel or I can just grab these handles and make the shape which is what I'm going to do. And I'm going to be pretty lazy about this as long as I cover the cloud, I'm happy. In fact, I'm just going to zoom out a bit here. There we go. And just make sure I absolutely cover the cloud. I don't want any edging left over here. That's all.
And of course, if this was a moving shot you might need to animate these four vixels, these points on the Garbage Matte so that nothing overlaps them. But that will do for me right now. The next thing I need to do is put my effect on. So, I'm going to use the three-way Color Correcter, just grab that, put it on top, and what I want is to put a pretty strong hue onto this white cloud. I could probably do this by adjusting just the highlights here in the tonal range controls.
But you see, the problem is, I'm not getting all of the cloud edge here. If I make this full screen for a second, so you can see. I'm losing a little bit of the edging, and that's because I don't have great control over what qualifies as a shadow, a midtone, or a highlight using this effect. So, I'm just going to Undo that, and instead I'm going to switch the Tonal Range the three-way Color Corrector to Master. And I'm just going to go crazy with it. I'm just going to make that whole area go the peachy yellow. It's pretty subtle, but if you compare it to the other clouds in the scene, you can see obviously the edges are subtle, we'll fix that in a moment.
But you can see the cloud has just taken a bit of a warm hue to it. What I need to do now is find a way of limiting this so that it's not affecting the blue in the background. And this is where my Secondary Color Correction comes in. I'll just expand this on my Effect Controls panel. I can limit the range here in a few different ways, but the way I want is just to use the Luma, because I can see that the blue is definitely darker than the clouds. I should be able to get a pretty reasonable mark here.
If I just soften this a little bit, and adjust the edge a little bit, I'm going to set this to 100% view so I can see the edge nice and clearly. And you can see that's not done a bad job at all. I'm just extending the softening here so that I get some blending of the edge between the two. That's not too bad. If I zoom back to Fit here and go Full Screen, you can see that's a pretty good job of setting a color cast on this layer.
Now, if I wanted to really go for it, I could begin to apply these kinds of adjustments at different areas of the image. But you can see there, by combining the Garbage Matte with a simple Master Hue Adjustment and some Secondary Color Correction clamping, I've managed to just recolor that one cloud. In fact, what I'm looking at is a layer that looks like this. And it's just that this layer is directly in front of a full version of the background that I'm able to blend the two together so seamlessly.
- The color correction challenge
- Standard tools for measuring and adjusting color and light
- The Fast Color Corrector
- The Three-Way Color Corrector
- Other color correction effects
- Fixing and matching colors with presets
- Using After Effects for color correction