Advanced Color Tuning

Color tuning, also known as color correction, which is used to correct color and make creative image/video adjustments in a variety of scenarios. There are two sections, including Presets and Adjust . If you need higher requirement in the image quality and you are sensitive to colors, it is suggested to select Adjust to do the fine adjustments. On the other hand, applying the templates directly under Presets will save you much time, especially for the beginners.

To start the color tuning, please drag and drop the video/image to the first line of the timeline, and then select color-tuning-button to access Advanced Color Tuning. If you go to Preset section. You are provided with differents kinds of designed templates, such as Custom, Favorites, Common, Film, Vignette and 3D LUT for selection. You just need to find the type you want in the dropdown list and double click it to apply to your video directly.


If you select Adjust , you are able to make the adjustments as below.

  • White Balance
  • It is used to adjust the color temperature of the video image to create a specific atmosphere. A warmer color shifts light toward the yellows whilst a colder color shifts light toward blues. Please follow below steps to adjust it:

    1. Tick the option marked White Balance.

    2. Drag the Temperature slider forward or backward to make the adjustment directly. A negative value applies a colder temperature whilst a positive value applies a warmer temperature.

    3. Drag the Tint slider to adjust the color level of the video directly.

  • 3D LUT
  • A Look-Up Table (LUT) is a file containing math instructions to replace a color by another one (short explanation). It’s like a color grading preset. 3D LUTs are used extensively in the movie production chain, as part of the Digital Intermediate process. To apply the 3D LUT, please follow below steps.

    1. Tick the option marked 3D LUT.

    2. Select a template under None.

    3. If you can not find the one you need, you can also download and install some free 3D LUT beyond Filmora, and then select Load New LUT to load the custom ones from your computer.

  • Color
  • In this section, after you tick the option marked Color, you will be able to adjust the Exposure, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Vibrance of the video image by dragging the sliders manually in each bars.

    - Exposure, which is applied to the video that is over or underexposed. A negative value will darken all the colors in the video while a positive value will lighten them.

    - Brightness, which is used to adjust the brightness of the whole video.

    - Contrast, which is used to adjust contrast or the difference between light and dark areas of the video.

    - Saturation, which is used to adjust the saturation of color in video. A positive value increases the overall intensity of the color while a negative value moves the color towards black and white.

    - Vibrance, which can cleverly increases the intensity of the more muted colors and leaves the already well-saturated colors alone. It also prevents skin tones from becoming overly saturated and unnatural.

  • Light
  • In this panel, you can optimize the light of some areas in video by making the adjustments of Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Black. Generally you just need to tick the option marked Light, and then drag the slider from left to right to make the adjustment. A negative value increases the Highlight/Shadows/Whites/Blacks while a positive value decreases them.

  • HSL
  • HSL, which is short for Hue, Saturation and Luminance. It is used to adjust individual color ranges in your video. You just need to tick the option marked HSL, select the color from the color panel, drag the slider from left to right, the corresponding color in the video will be adjusted.

    - Hue: It is used to fine tune the purity of a specific color of the video. For example, you can change a blue sky (and all other blue objects) from cyan to purple.

    - Saturation: It is used to change the color vividness or purity of the color. For instance, you can change a blue sky from gray to highly saturated blue.

    - Luminance: Changes the brightness of the color range.

  • Vignette
  • You can apply a custom vignetting effect to your video in this panel. After you tick the option marked Vignette, you just need to drag the slide within each bar of this panel to make the adjustment.

    - Amount: Drag the slider to adjust the amount of the effect. The corners of the video moves towards black when you drag the slider to the left, while dragging it right lightens them towards white.

    - Size: drag the slider to make the adjustment of size of the vignetting effect. Drag the slider to the left will increase the size of the effect, closing in a circle in the center of the video.

    - Roundness: drag the slider to adjust the overall shape of the effect.

    - Feature: Drag the slider to adjust the edge sharpness of the effect. The edge will be blunt when you drag slider to the left, while to right uses more of a gradient.

    - Exposure: Drag the slider to adjust the exposure level of the vignetting effect.

    - Highlights: Drag the slider to adjust the highlights of the vignetting effect.

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  • Preview the instant result
  • After you make the adjustment for each panel, you can select a mode under Compare Before/After to show you the instant result. It supports Side by Side View, Split View-Left/Right, Split View-Top/Bottom. You can also press Show Original button or select Disable Comparisonto check the original video instantly. If the final result does not meet your needs, press Undo/Redo button at the left corner of the preview window or the reset button at the right corner of each panel reset it.

  • Save as preset
  • If you need to save your color adjustments as preset, please select Save as preset , and it will be added to Custom under Preset . Please double click the template to apply it to all the projects.