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If you want to get better at color grading you have to be color correcting. Remember to always color correct first in Premiere or Final Cut using whatever tools that work for your workflow and then color grade after.

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Last week to enter the giveaway for the Fujifilm X-T30! Best of luck 🙏

Author — Matti Haapoja


Hey Matti, how about if I add Lumetri twice for getting those color wheels before adding Look?

Author — GFXMentor


One of the most helpful videos I’ve watched. Awesome work, man!

Author — MasFace


So excited you made this. Was just telling my team to reference your channel for colour 🙏🏼

Author — Lost LeBlanc


Beautiful color grading! One of my favorite YouTuber! Thanks for teaching us some awesome tips. 📷

Author — Shane Ericks


I watched the whole thing taking notes then he said Colorista is a paid plug-in

Author — Cauê Araújo


While I was watching this vid I suddenly remember that I'm color blind ..

Author — fLayN


Hey Matti, here are some tips that can add to what you recommended. Hope they help. Tell me what you think:
- Use Adjustment layers so that you can visually see in your timeline what you have done. Also by using one big adjustment layer and cutting it in-between clips AFTER you corrected 1 hero shot, means that your sliders/values will already be adjusted and if you need to make 1 minor correction, you don't have to move 10 values or copy paste the effect every time and change it.
- (For Grading especially) Set these Adjustment layers to 50% opacity. This has 2 benefits:
1. If you're in a hurry and you don't want to tweak each individual slider to bump your grade effect, you can always turn up that opacity from 50 to 60. Before you could always go lower, but not higher than 100. (obviously this is for your own grade with multiple effects, since the Luts already have this kind of slider)
2. If you are a perfectionist and want to tweak values (like curves) by 2 pixels lower or higher, having the opacity at 50 means that those 2 pixels become 4, so it's less finicky when you do this with a mouse.
- If you want to mess with colors for a grade, be sure to grab a JPG of a "color card" (google it), or better yet, shoot one on your location and add it under your grade. You can visually see what it's doing to the colors and it's a nice reference to keep until you make your final export (at that point you remove it, obviously)
- Don't underestimate the Original Three-Way Color Corrector Effect from Premiere. It is not obsolete, as they call it. It's pretty much the ONLY effect that has color wheels that let you determine WHAT IS a shadow and WHAT IS a highlight through sliders. Furthermore, it has actual numerical values that you can even keyframe: When I'm going for a look I always bump my color to the max, so that I can see if i'm nailing it in the vectorscope, and then take the value from 100 to like 20, while the Hue remains the same. And before Premiere 2019 it was also the only tool that let you De/Saturate Highlights, Mids, Shadows separately (again those Highs and Shadows being determined by you as you liked). And for people that don't have Colorista, I think this can help them more than the default Lumetri wheels.

Author — Toasted Synapse Gaming


The Ansel Adams chart is the solution I've been searching for for months. THANK YOU.

Author — Stephen Color


Thanks Matti - another dope tutorial!

This is interesting, as I remember watching an older colour grading tutorial of yours in which you actually said you prefer applying a grade first (probably on an adjustment layer) and then going back to individually correct each clip so they match.

I'm just wondering, do the new Hue options in Premiere Pro CC 2019 provide any more versatility compared to just basic Lumetri, i.e. anything as close to Colourista?

Author — Usman Majid


Matti, would you convert SLog footage to Rec 709 before you start color correction?

Author — Blunt Producer


There’s a three way colour correction feature in Premiere. You don’t need colourista

Author — Tony Shi


This was so insightful, I made so many notes. Thank you a lot for this tutorial!!!

Author — Evgeny Nuzhaev


Color correcting/grading is my achilles heel. This was awesome... super helpful! Thank you!

Author — Spoonful of Imagination


Step 1: washed out
Step 2: perfect
Step 3: ruined

Author — ophello


You're very good at color correcting / grading! I always like the look of your footage ;)

Author — Lionel Junior


This was amazing Matti! This is something I've been spending a lot of time trying to get good at lately.

Author — Trae Robrock


I started following you when you first made a video about colour grading. Full circles Matti. I've grown so much because of you. It's epic 😍

Author — Rishi Modak


Really nice tutorial, always loved the way you explain your techniques. Keep it up your work is fireee 🔥

Author — James Wickenden


It's great to color correct on post but since you shoot with a camera that has no color band with it becomes useless. In my case, I always shoot on Vivid Profile and sometimes on Natural (if I don't have pretty much light on set). PS. GH4 User. No need to upgrade so far.

Author — Doktor Krok