In this tutorial we will be looking at how to isolate color in Adobe Premier CC using the easiest technique of all; the Leave Color effect. Now, it’s important to realize this is a great tool if the shot isn’t terribly complex. For instance, if the color you want to leave in is red and there are no other similar or complimentary colors within the footage, then your life will be easy with Leave Color. But if you have two similar colors that are close together on the color wheel then you’ll be hard pressed to use this tool. For instance, if you want to isolate a blue object and there are other green objects in the shot, then this isn’t the tool for you. You have to use a mask and other features within Premier or After Effects. This is why it’s very important spend a lot of time in preproduction. What and how you shoot will dictate the number of hours and frustration in post production. With that, let’s get started. Okay, in this footage we have a few boats and want to isolate the red of this boat’s tarp. Start by selecting your video footage, go to Effects and type in ‘Leave Color’. Double Click or drag and drop Leave Color onto your footage or Adjustment Layer. Click on the Effects Control tab if you don’t see this window. Now within the Leave Color effect there are five sections. First there is:
- Amount to Decolor
- Color to Leave
- Edge Softness
- Match Color - RGB /Hue.
Amount to Decolor is basically just that. How much of the footage do you want to desaturate? Color to leave is what you’re going to isolate. Tolerance is how much of similar colors are you willing to tolerate in your shot. Again, how you set things up before you shoot will help you avoid a ton of frustration during this process. Make it as quick and easy as possible by putting some thought into what you’re doing and the end product. Edge Softness will fill in the parts of the color that are very close to what you picked. For instance, this color that I picked has a couple of variants of _______ you’ll see here it’s darker and lighter there and warmer here. The Edge Softness will fill out the differences. And in many cases you’ll probably end up using a combination of Tolerance and Edge Softness to get the look you need. Match Color is how Premier Pro CC will identify the color you choose. In many cases, using the Hue option will get you best results. You you need to play with it. So, from here, use the picker to select the color you are going to isolate. Again, most of the time color is exposed differently through out the object. So, try to find a part that is in the middle. This will give Premier the most flexibility to soften edges out both in the highlights and shadows of your selected objects. From here, it’s just a matter of tweaking dials. Set Amount to Decolor to 100% and everything else to zero and start adjusting upward until you get the look. It’s that simple. I hope this tutorial will help you make more creative movies and even earn you more money! Thank you in advance for visiting www.dslrvideoandgear.com and please subscribe to my email list for free stock footage and free tutorials. If you have questions then leave them in the comments and I’ll respond. Take care – JRead More »