What’s the difference between color grading and color correction?
Color grading and color correction are terms that have often been used interchangeably even though they are different film editing processes. Both refer to changing or modifying the colors of an image or video in order to enhance it.
Color correction is the first step in editing footage. Videos straight from the camera must be adjusted and tweaked to ensure that there is consistency. Color correction means checking saturation levels, white balance, brightness range and overall black levels are in place.
Color grading is the step that follows color correction. It enhances the aesthetic or visual of the video to create a tone or feel that regular cameras do not allow.
Tips for basic color grading and correction
1. Tips for color grading
- First, decide on the kind of app that is to be used, whether it will be a non-linear editing system (NLE) like or a dedicated grading application.
- For beginners it is advisable to do start with color grading and correction in Adobe Premium Pro.
- Choose the right kind of monitor and do not switch workstations. Different screens will provide different visuals.
2. Tips for color correction
- Check the white balance of the film. Though this is usually done while filming, a few adjustments may be necessary.
- Adjust brightness and contrasts levels cautiously ensuring that it does not remove too much of the shot details.
- Increase saturation levels to make colors pop but adding too much saturation can quickly make an image harsh.
How to do color grading and correction in Adobe Premiere Pro1. How to do color grading in Adobe Premiere Pro
- Initially set up a color workspace that will open up the Lumetri color panel
- Use the basic correction section as a guide for applying the Lookup Table or LUT
- Adjust sliders in the creative section to apply different looks
- At the end add a vignette as a finishing touch
2. How to do color correction in Adobe Premiere Pro
- Calibrate the workspace to an NTSC or PAL monitor
- Use the current-time indicator to detect the ideal place to apply the correction
- Use the Luma Corrector Effect or RGB Color Corrector Effect
- To animate the color and make the light change adjustments use the key framing
How to do color grading and correction in Adobe Premiere Pro Alternative
It is ill advised for beginners to do color grading and correction in Adobe Premiere Pro. There are far too many effects and different ways of editing film that can be confusing for editors or filmmakers.
Filmora’s latest version 7.8 allows advanced color editing that is simple and effective for new editors. Filmora offers the flexibility of Adobe Premiere Pro but is much easier to understand and learn within a short period of time.