Orange and Teal Look on Your Videos With DaVinci Resolve 14

The current trend for color grading videos is the orange and teal look. It’s not rocket science to understand why it works so well and why everyone uses it. Complementary colors are an easy choice when it comes to color grading and using orange for brighter tones allows keeping the skin tones look quite natural. In this nine-minute-long tutorial, Theo from MiesnerMedia shows us how we can achieve that trendy look using DaVinci Resolve 14.

In the tutorial above you’ll discover two examples in which Theo explains how to get the famous orange and teal look. It’s not complicated, and even if you don’t know much about DaVinci Resolve you should be able to follow and get the same result on your sequences. He mainly relies on Qualifiers to create luminosity masks and then the White Balance sliders to adjust the color. He explains that he prefers to rely on the White Balance tool rather than the Color Wheels as the first seems to keep the black and white points more intact. However, if you feel like the Color Wheels make more sense to you, be sure to give it a go and play around with them. The use of the Qualifier, however, is an excellent idea as it will let you pick exactly the part of your clip where you want to apply the color settings.

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Well, yes and no. Orange and teal works because of color theory: they're complementary colors. That's where it really originates from. And because of that, it is a really great look when done well and on purpose.
Nevertheless, I agree that it has mostly become "just" a trendy mainstream look with all associated deviances : exaggeration, purposeless use, ...