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Add Selective Color Effect to Your Videos Using Filmora

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Dec 27, 22, updated Dec 05, 23

Selective color is an effect that lets you desaturate all the colors in a photo or video while preserving one or more colors of your choice. It is done by isolating a specific color of your choice in the frame while all other colors turn into black and white, just like this.

color isolation

By using this effect, we can draw viewers' attention to a specific point in the clip. If you want your video do the same, Filmora can be a good helper. Alright, we’ll be creating selective color effects in two examples. Let’s get started.

In this article
  1. Tutorial 1 on making color isolation by selective color effect
  2. Tutorial 2 on make color isolation using eyedropper tool

Tutorial 1 on making color isolation by selective color effect

In this first example, we are going to use stock footage showing a subject on a bike.

To add a selective color effect, download Wondershare Filmora on your PC or Mac. Now follow the steps as explained below to add this effect and isolate the color of your choice.

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Step1 Launch Wondershare Filmora and drag and drop your clip to the timeline.

drag and drop the clip

Step2 Go to effects and then click “NewBlue FX” option and select Newblue filters.

select newblue filter

Step3 Find the Selective Color Effect and drag it onto the clip. The effect will be instantly applied.

selective color effect

Step4 Next, double-click on the clip and check out the effects menu at the top of the screen.

effects menu

Step5 Open the preset drop-down menu. There will be a lot of presets with different colors. Select the preset you want to use. In this scenario, let us select Just Blue.

select the preset

Step6 If you see a blue tint at a place or object which you want to be white and black, click on the first color.

first color

Step7 Now adjust the range slider to decrease the number of unwanted tints.

adjusting the range slider

Step8 To blur the edges of the effects, turn up the softened slider and remove any unwanted tint previously remaining.

blurring the edges of effects

In this way, you can add a selective color effect to your video clips and isolate the color of your choice.

Tutorial 2 on make color isolation using eyedropper tool

You might ask how do we use the eyedropper tool here. It can sample colors from anywhere in a video or an image and add them to your swatch panel. The steps to use the eyedropper tool to add a selective color to your video are below.

Step1 As same as the first one, launching Wondershare Filmora is the first priority. And drag your clip to the timeline.

drag clip to timeline

Step2 Go to effects at the top, and find Newblue effects, and click on the Newblue filters.

newblue effects and filters

Step3 Find the selective color effect and drag it to the clip.

selective color

Step4 Double-click on the clip and visit the effects menu at the top of the screen.

opening effects menu

Step5 Click on the ‘first color’ and select the eye dropper tool. This will allow us to select the red flower in the preview window. You can also click different parts of the image to get the color that we want.

select the first color and eye dropper tool

Step6 Next, try selecting a second color to isolate within our shot. In this example, we are going to make the stems on the flowers stand out as well. Select second color and go to the tint section. And find a color that is close to the second color, which will be green in this case.

clicking on the second color

Step7 Pick the eyedropper tool and click it on the green part of the clip. Then adjust the range slider as needed.

adjusting range slider

Alright, let’s watch back the video to see how both colors are now isolated.

flower color isolated

Follow all the steps in the correct order. This is how you can use NewBlue effects for color isolation using Wondershare Filmora. The color isolation using the selective color effect defines the point of interest in the clip for the viewers.

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Dec 05, 23
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