In part five of our video tutorial series you’ll learn how to edit the colour grading and masking within Adobe Premiere Pro. This video also involves the likes of vectorscopes, waveforms, correction principles, curves, levels as well as exposure.

This tutorial is perfect for the people who want to learn how to make their videos more professional and cinematic.

Premiere Pro CC Colour Grading and Masking Tutorial

Starting with Colour Options in Adobe Premiere Pro

To get started with editing colour within Premiere Pro, you will have seven options at the top of your screen. These options include assembly, editing, effects, audio, graphics, library and the colour option. Click on the colour option and a new set of windows should appear. To the right side, you will see the Lumetri colour option. To the right you should find a lot of the effects you can use.

Lumetri Colour for Basic Editing on Premiere Pro

Lumetri Colour

When working with the Lumetri colour, there is also a right tool window. The new effect you’ve made with the Lumetri colour will appear within the left window. There is an option to use Lumetri scopes. Scopes are a way of measuring the red, green and blue colours (RGB), in an image, as well as the levels of light within the frame.

There’re many different scopes such as waveforms and vectorscopes. Using a waveform is ideal for almost all cases of colour. It allows you to see the levels of brightness within an image from left to right. Zero means, that part of the image is as dark as it could be and 100 means that the brightness is fully over-exposed.

You can use the curves feature to the right of the full window to alter the brightness. Also to the right is the basic correction options. Here you have the options of white balance, exposure, contrast and much more. These options allow users to make the image a lot better so that the colour of the video isn’t dull and flat. You also have the options of creative, curves, colour wheel, HSL secondary and vignette effects.

Many of the colour effects, would be familiar to anyone who uses other software’s such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Masking within Adobe Premiere Pro

Masking in Adobe Premiere Pro

Masking is a great way to make parts of a video stand out more. To get started, simply head to the library and search for levels. Within levels, there’re many options for RGB and black colours. We don’t need this.

There’re three options: a circle option, a rectangle option and a free drawing option. We want to use the free drawing option, to draw around a certain object. The object in the video example is a person.

Free draw around the part of the video you want to use a mask. You can also use a feather, which is a much more subtle way to mask. The mask should follow the object in all the other frames of your video. You can also move this mask or edit it, more appropriately to you. With the mask you can use it to create interesting effects. One interesting effect, is to make one part of your video black and white with the background still in full colour.

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