Course info
Jun 23, 2016
2h 14m

In Adobe CC Color Grading Tips, you'll learn a variety of techniques for correcting color in your footage in Adobe CC. You'll also learn about the new Color Themes and Looks features in the Adobe Capture CC mobile app, which can assist you in your color grading. Finally, you'll learn about some special effects to polish up your color-graded footage.

About the author
About the author

Chad Troftgruben is a freelance animator and screencaster who specializes in Animate CC, Moho, After Effects and Premiere. He has been working with Flash since 2002 which resulted in the creation of several cartoons for both entertainment and commercial purposes.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi guys, my name is Chad Troftgruben and this is grading tips for Premiere and After Effects CC. With Premiere and After Effects you have a wide range of tools which allow you to go in and correct footage should the colors be off. You can also go further and stylize your footage by grading. And you can approach this in a number of different ways. While we could argue that SpeedGrade is probably the best color correcting app in the Adobe suite, if you are a longtime user of Premiere or After Effects you might not want to jump over and start learning a whole new application. These two pieces of software do stand on their own. I could argue that After Effects is a bit more advanced but that's why I created this course. You're going to get a little bit of the basic and a little bit of the advanced. So to get started we'll dive into Premiere. We'll work with some basic effects just to warm up. Then we'll dive into the new color workspace where we'll work with basic correction, the creative tools, curves, color wheels, and even applying vignettes. Then it's onto correcting a night shot in After Effects. We thought that this would be a good example in After Effects because night shots are typically kind of difficult to correct. We'll examine the original footage and determine what we want to do. Then we'll prepare the footage on the timeline. We'll do some brightness in contrast, some grading. We'll remove and replace the grain that's in the shot. We'll track the faces so that we can apply exposure settings to the faces specifically. Then we're going to go even further by applying special effects. We'll build a lens flare, animate it out. We'll even add some more rain into the shot where there's a gap, and I'll talk briefly about third party plug-ins and how they can benefit your productions. Finally, we will take a look at Adobe Capture which is a smartphone or tablet application you can you in conjunction with Premiere and After Effects. You can create your own looks on the fly just by taking pictures and uploading them to your library. Then you can access these looks in addition to color swatches or themes that you create in the application. By the time you're done here you should have a pretty good understanding of how you can approach color correcting in both Premiere and After Effects. So I hope you're ready because we're about to get started.

Like all my courses on Train Simple, you have access to exercise files that you can open up and follow along with. These exercise files are a combination of Premiere project files and After Effects project files. Each time we start a video I'll let you know which file I'm working off of. That way you have the option to open it up and follow along with me. You'll also find inside the exercise file folders my CC libraries downloads. We'll touch on this in the last chapter and you'll see what this all does for us, these libraries. But you can also take your own footage using the application as well. And we also have a footage folder. Be sure to keep that in mind. This is where the bulk of the information is where we'll be bringing in all of our footage to work with inside Premiere and After Effects. Also note that for the nighttime chapter where we try to correct the nighttime shot, I have multiple files for this at the bottom. You have Max and Rain complete, and then Max and Rain complete no plug-ins. Same for Professor Bad. And we also have video files accompanying these as well. Now I just wanted to show you that if you do get the external plug-ins I talk about later on in that chapter, you can go in and open up our file using those plug-ins. However, if you open up the file without the plug-ins installed in After Effects you will not be able to see the effects as they should be seen inside those project files. Just keep those things in mind and you explore these files for this course.

Using Premiere and After Effects with Adobe Capture
For this final chapter, I want to focus on Adobe Capture CC which is an application you can download to your smartphone or tablet. With this companion application, we can easily go out and capture footage and then take what we captured and apply color themes and looks to our footage in Premiere and After Effects. So basically in Premiere where I showed you how you can apply luts and looks, day for night, and all that stuff, you can now make your own with your phone or your tablet and upload it to your program. It's easy to use which I'll show you here in the next video, and it's easy to find and download. If you are on the iTunes Store, you'll find Adobe Capture CC so you can download it to your phone or your iPad. You can also find it on the Google Play Store right up here. So, no matter which smartdevice you have, you should be able to take advantage of this app. Once you download this free app and install it, all you have to do is login with your credentials, your Creative Cloud credentials, that is, to access your libraries. This will then allow you to link up with Premiere and After Effects and share looks and color themes. So be sure to download this application first for your device. And then from there, I'll show you how it all works.