Color grading your videos can be tricky, so it's best to have an arsenal of options when one doesn't work out right. In this tutorial from YouTuber photoshopCAFE, you'll learn how to use Photoshop to digitally enhance and correct your video works.
Color Grading Versus Color Correction
If you come solely from the world of still photography, you might find the term "color grading" a bit confusing; surely, that's same as fixing white balance, right? Not exactly. Color correction is the process of matching the color temperature of the clips in a given project. This can be often streamlined by pasting bulk settings to clips once the base color of the first clip is chosen. Color grading refers to the involved process of making aesthetic changes to your video clips, whether it be filters or basic effects that give a video its unique feel.
By converting your video clip to a Smart Object, the Camera Raw sliders can be used in the same manner as a raw photo. Smart Object conversion is essential when working on video clips in Photoshop, because without this option, you are only editing a single frame at a time. Split toning is another useful application within the Adobe Camera Raw popup menu when you're going for an adjustable color filter that creates a cinematic feel (think the hazy green look of "The Matrix").
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