Once you've understood the way color wheels are adjusted, you'll find them an excellent tool for subtle adjustments to the shadows, midtones, and highlights in your images. Color wheels can be displayed in a number of ways, but the principle is always the same. This video shows how to make nuanced color adjustments in just a few clicks with this powerful tool.
- [Instructor] Color wheels…only really give you two adjustments.…But because they're often divided into three,…with each wheel applying adjustments…to only the shadow, midtone, or highlight pixels,…the results can be quite nuanced.…When I first learned about color wheels,…I struggled to understand what qualified…as a shadow pixel, midtone, or highlight,…until somebody pointed out it's actually arbitrary.…Software manufacturers aim for a reasonable threshold…between each of these three levels of brightness,…and some applications give you manual control…over where that threshold lies.…
When speaking about shadows, midtones, and highlights,…we're literally speaking about darker or lighter pixels.…This is useful…because human vision treats color…in these three bands of lightness a little differently.…For example, the part of your eyes that see color…need more light than the part of your eyes…that see luminance.…That's why when it's dark, everything looks colorless.…Part of your eye can't see anything.…So if you have a color cast in your darker shadows,…
Get ready to remove the mystery behind terms you've encountered. If you work in a creative profession, this can enhance your command of the tools you use. Learn what a pixel really is, what color channels are, and what audio frequency is. Discover how color channels, bit depth, and video frame rates work. Find out the difference between codecs and file formats, and how compression is involved. By the end of this course, you'll know how to answer common client questions—like, whether a logo should be supplied in vector or bitmap form, and more.
Note: Motion graphics in this course were provided by Chelsea Parrish: chelseaparrish.com.
- What is a pixel?
- Aspect ratios
- Bit depth
- Alpha and transparency
- Light and color channels
- Color modes: RGB, YUV, CMYK
- Camera depth of field
- Chroma Key and Luma Key
- Blend modes
- Color wheels, vectorscopes, and waveforms
- Video compression and codecs
- Frame rates and timecode
- File formats
- Audio amplitude
- Capturing audio tone as frequency
- Audio timing using the phase
Skill Level Beginner
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Introduction to Video Dialogue Editingwith Ashley Kennedy3h 14m Appropriate for all
1. How Do Computers Think?
2. How Cameras and Computers Think about Color
3. The Language of Color
4. The Shape of Your Picture and the Speed of Your Video
5. Storing Everything (Codecs)
6. Color Wheels, Vectorscopes, and Waveforms
Understanding waveforms2m 39s
7. Making Changes
8. Audio Made Simple
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