The Best Lumetri Color Panel Tutorials, Broken Down By Menu, Slider, And Curve
This comprehensive post on the Lumetri Color panel provides an in-depth look at each of it's controls, as seen in tutorials by colorists and Premiere Pro experts. With the power of YouTube embedding to customize start and end times, the following videos have been carefully modified to show a specific Lumetri Color panel feature. The order of these YouTube segments mimics the layout of the Lumetri Color panel. So it's easy to find the slider or curve you want to learn and watch a tutorial specific to that control.
Tutorial List (Jump to Section)
- Lumetri Color Panel Overview
- Basic Correction
- Color Wheels
- Lumetri Scopes
- Adobe Hue
- Bonus Links
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DISCLAIMER: The intention of this post is not to promote favoritism or criticism by pitting tutorials against each other. All of the following videos are excellent Lumetri Color tutorials in and of themselves. Please take the time to watch them in their entirety!
Lumetri Color Panel Overview
Kicking things off is Adobe's own product feature video. This video gives an excellent walkthrough of the Lumetri Color panel. TRT: 2:00
Still an overview, this video by Alex Jordan of Learn Color Grading looks at the 5 tabs of the Lumetri Color panel. Alex demonstrates how to bypass a tab and explains the hierarchy of effects within the Lumetri Colol panel.
Master vs. Clip Effects
Lumetri Color effects can be applied to a Master file or a single Clip (or "instance") of the Master File in the timeline. Continuing with Alex Jordan, this video shows how to access both the Master and Clip effect controls.
RAW Source Settings
If you have the privilege of editing RAW footage, say from a RED camera, the Master effect controls panel will look a little different. Casey Faris shows how to access these RAW source settings and how to use them with the Lumetri Color panel to restore highlights in particular.
Resetting Lumetri Color Adjustments
While you can reset individual sliders and curves by double-clicking them in the Lumertri Color panel, Larry Jordandemonstrates a more controlled way of resetting Lumetri Color parameters in the effect controls panel.
Bypass Lumetri Color Effect
This handy tip comes from Erik Naso. This video shows how to set a keyboard shortcut to toggle Lumetri Color effects on or off to quickly see a before and after look. Note, this shortcut only applies when the Lumetri Color panel is selected.
Now we get into the Lumetri Color panel. The first control of the Basic Correction tab is the Input LUT menu. In this video, Colin Smith of VideoRevealed talks through the purpose of the Input LUT and gives an example of its proper use.
Staying with Colin Smith, in this segment he uses the RGB Parade scope to show exactly what the Temperature and Tint sliders affect and how they can remove a color cast and balance a shot.
White Balance with RGB Waveform
Justin Jaro also shows how the White Balance sliders work but this time using the RGB Waveform monitor to correct for a neutral (white, gray, black) area in the frame.
Exposure and Contrast
For the first two sliders under Tone, Channing Lowe of the Chinfat YouTube channel demonstrates exposure and how the contrast slider affects the Waveform monitor.
Tone: Highlights/Whites & Shadows/Blacks
Alex Jordan clarifies the difference between the Highlights & Whites and Shadows & Blacks sliders using RGB Parade scope.
Now comes color grading. Similar to but not the same as the Input LUT, is the Look drop down under the Creative tab. True to its tab, use of the Look control is "creative" and largely about personal taste. However, proper use assumes the image has been color corrected in the Basic Correction tab (or other applied color effects). Stan Arthur shows some of the Looks that ship with Premiere Pro CC 2015. Keep your eyes on the panel, buddy.
Add Looks to Premiere Pro
Back to Colin Smith, who also shows some the default Looks, he goes on to show how to add custom LUTs, specifically from Speedgrade, to the drop down Look control in the Lumetri Color panel. He also demonstrates the use of the Intensity slider.
This is one of those color tools that is commonly used but rarely understood. Alex Jordan uses the RGB Parade scope to explain the results of the Faded Film slider. Knowing what it affects should give you more clarity on how and when to use it.
Colin Smith expounds a little more, pointing out a little nuance to the Faded Film slider.
Vibrance and Saturation
Similar to the Highlights/Whites and Shadows/Blacks sliders, the difference between the Vibrance and Saturation controls can be confused. Colin Smith explains in this segment.
The results of this control is also called split toning, where a color cast is stylistic added to the shadows and highlights. Alex Jordan shows how this is done using the color wheels and Tint Balance slider.
RGB Curves are not unfamiliar to most Premiere Pro users. However, it's extremely convenient to have this effect built-in to the Lumetri Color panel. Channing Lowe thoroughly explains how to use the RGB Curves to achieve overall contrast as well as in the individual red, green, and blue channels.
Hue Saturation Curve
If there's one thing consistent in every Lumetri Color panel, it's appreciation for the new Hue Saturation Curve. Josh of ReTooled.net shows how to use this control to manage the saturation of hues within an image.
Mikey of After Effects with Mikey demonstrates how the Hue Saturation Curve can also be used to effectively remove a troublesome color cast in you footage.
3-Way Color Corrector
Returning to Adobe, this video gives a great overview of the new built-in 3-Way Color Corrector within the Lumetri Color panel.
For the last tab of the Lumetri Color panel, Alex Jordan walks through the slider controls, showing how each one affects the vignette.
Channing Lowe provides what he calls a "basic" look at the new Lumetri color scopes in this video, the longest of this post.
Larry Jordan is also fond of the new Lumetri scopes. Watch his version of the new scopes' features.
Using Adobe Hue Looks in Premiere Pro
Terry White demonstrates Adobe Hue and specifically how Looks created in Adobe Hue can be used inside Premiere Pro with the Lumetri Color panel.
Renown colorist Robbie Carman has an excellent Lumetri Color panel tutorial on his company site MixingLight.com. Starting at 7:00, he particularly points out the improvements of the new Color Wheels in the Lumetri Color panel.
Streaming Media has an excellent Lumetri Color video tutorial by Jan Ozer. The only problem is it's on page 4 of 4! The link below sends you straight to it. It's a great all-around look at how to use the features of the Lumetri Color panel.
Animating Lumetri Color Panel Effects
Colin Smith also has a great tutorial on animating individual Lumetri Color effect controls. If you think the Lumetri Color panel is powerful, wait till unlock the power of animating it!
Tutorial Credits (Not In Order Of Appearance)
AE with Mikey