An Overview of Color Correction Effects in Premiere Pro

A little while ago, we teased our readers with an exciting sneak preview of our Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade course that had yet to be released. Now that it’s been released, we’re going to outline the most useful color correction effects available in Premiere Pro. 

There are about 40 color correction-related video effects inside Premiere Pro, and in our Color Correction with Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade training course, expert author Jeff Sengstack shares his recommended and most useful effects.

5 Recommended Color Correction Effects:

1. Luma Curves. This is one of Jeff’s go-to effects for tonality adjustments. It has only a Luma Waveform graph.

2. RGB Curves. This effect has the Luma Waveform along with graphs for each color channel, meaning if you use RGB Curves to adjust color, you will also change tonality in the process.

3. Fast Color Corrector. This is a go-to effect for chroma/hue adjustments. It can adjust the overall luminance, hue/chroma, and saturation. It is easy and fast to use, and it lets you adjust the overall saturation with a single slider.

4. Three-Way Color Corrector. This has color wheels for three tonal ranges (shadows, mid tones, and highlights), plus the master tonal range.

5. RGB Color Corrector. This effect adjusts tonality and color within individual color channels. It is similar to RGB Curves, expect it uses slider controls rather than curves.

Other Useful Color Correction Effects:

As already mentioned, Premiere Pro has around 40 color correction effects, but Jeff says that you only really use about 10 of those. At the start of the course, Jeff recommends that you create a separate folder to keep all of your color correction effects together. It’s really easy to create a new folder, and it prevents you from having to aimlessly search to find the effect you want to use.

In the effects menu, click on the panel menu and go to New Custom Bin, then assign your new folder a name. Then just select the effects you want and drag them down into your new folder.


Aside from the 5 recommended color correction effects, here’s a handful other other useful effects:

Leave Color – this effect lets you select a color and de-saturate (convert to grayscale) all other colors in a clip.

Paint Bucket – this applies a color to a region based on its color.

Tint – this “maps” a color to the blacks and other color to the whites in a clip – it’s a good way to create a sepia tone.

Crop – while this is not a color correction effect, it is used when you want to isolate a color for analysis with the Vectorscope.

Tune in to the video below to watch Jeff demonstrate each of these effects, and find more free tutorial videos from our Color Correction with Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade course on our website.




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