So, you just poured all your creative energy into an amazing video; you spent time editing, sourcing your music, and syncing your audio. But it all looks kind of… meh. That’s because you still need to color grade. 

Color grading adds tone, texture, warmth, and just straight beauty to your video. Whether you’re taking a minimal pass or creating a distinct tone between worlds (à la the green notes in The Matrix, or a sepia-saturated flashback), color grading can elevate your film from dull, raw files to a hi-res masterpiece. 

Big news: You can color grade in Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe’s Premiere Pro supports the Lumetri Color feature, so all your color grading needs are integrated right into your editing program. Lumetri is a super-powerful coloring tool that is built for a fast, streamlined workflow. It allows you to adjust curves, and add LUTs, filters, and much more.

While Lumetri it’s pretty intuitive, watch the video above, and read on for a step-by-step on color grading your video. 

How Lumetri works

Step 1: Choose the Color tab from the workspaces at the top of Premiere to open Lumetri. Your scopes appear on the left side while your Effect Adjustments appear on the right.

Pro-tip: You can add adjustments to your Master clip or to only your edited clip from the timeline.

Step 2: Make adjustments in the Basic Correction tab. 

Step 3: Add filters and make further adjustments in the Creative tab.

Step 4: Adjust your RGB and Hue/Saturation curves in the Curves tab.

Step 5: Tweak your shadows, midtones, and highlights in the Color Wheels tab.

Pro-tip: Use the Color Match feature to match two shots easily.

Step 6: If you want to make precise adjustments to specific colors, you can do so in the HSL Secondary tab.

Step 7: And, finally, if you want to add a customized vignette, you can do so in the Vignette tab.

Now that you know where everything is go explore, mess with settings, and upload your gorgeous color-graded videos to Vimeo.

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