Color Grading in After Effects

By Jan 12,2017 10:53 am

Color Grading is the process of playing around and altering the color and hues of your videos to create a certain emotional and psychological impact and give it a more cinematic touch. This is quite important for developing an experience for the audience.

Here’re some tips for basic color grading:

  1. Do not change monitors or rooms while color grading.
  2. Use the right tools and make proper color adjustments as every NLE software provides a wide range of options.
  3. The first tool to apply when you start is the “LUT” (Look Up Tool).
  4. Don’t be afraid to use Auto Color.
  5. Get familiar with the RGB parade.
  6. Play around with skin color.
  7. Use the “Cosmo and Skin Overlay Tool”.
  8. There will always be exceptions when the skin color isn’t the actual skin color, you will have make adjustments accordingly.

Color grading can be done in Adobe After Effects.

The basic steps of how to do color grading in Adobe After Effects:

  1. Start the program and open a new project.
  2. Import the required video files in the project panel.
  3. Start with LUT.
  4. Click “Effect>Color Correction”.
  5. A drop down menu will appear with a variety of color correction options for you to choose from.
  6. Apply the effect that you require and make suitable adjustments.
  7. Make sure that the color correction layer is turned on.
  8. Use scopes.
  9. Apply various filters as required to achieve the experience that you are looking for.
  10. For better editing you can work in two software windows simultaneously by clicking “Effects>Synthetic Aperture”.
  11. When you are done color grading, save changes.

How to do color grading using Adobe After Effects alternative

Now the complexity level is very high using this software and it is professional level software for experts, if you are looking for something simpler to use at a more basic level but providing the same professional level results the Wondershare Filmora is the best alternative to look at. The job can be done by using Filmora by following the simple and quick steps briefly listed below:

  1. Start the program and import the required files.
  2. Drag and drop the files to the timeline.
  3. Right click the video on the timeline to open a “Video Inspector” pop-up window.
  4. From here you can simply adjust the “Brightness”, “Hue”, “Saturation” and “Contrast” of the video file.
  5. Click “OK”.
  6. Export and Save the file.
  7. Simple and Hassle free.

    In Filmora 7.8 version, it has launched several new features, including color correction and color grading which has made the task a lot more easier, quicker and efficient with higher quality results.

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