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  • David Awe

    June 3, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Hi all,

    Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

    Bright Day. Outdoor Wedding Ceremony. 5 Video Tracks

    I’ve done my colour grade. It’s a solid grade but unfortunately it has made faces and skin tones a touch too dark orange.

    Is there a quick fix for lightening up the skin tones but retaining all the other colour corrections as is?


    I have 5 video tracks with some different camera brands.

    This would have to be done across multiple cameras (some are different brands), from different angles so lighting isn’t 100% consistent.


    What would you guys do?

  • Chris Wright

    June 4, 2022 at 4:32 am

    first i’d try to see if I could modify global hue to rotate the whole image around the skin tone line. Then if global hue failed, I would try hue vs. hue and hue vs lum to rotate skin onto skin tone line.(you could even use a track matte to force mid-range luma to hue bias) . if that didn’t work, I might need to use hsl selections or even animated masks.

    again, it’s hard to say without a screenshot to even know if its a grading issue or color recovery issues from very low cri lighting or simply white balance.

  • Emmet Reddy

    June 14, 2022 at 8:37 am

    try this
    1, turn on your vectorscope HLS
    2. go to effects put the fast color corrector onto your clip, it may say obsolete in premier but its not.
    3, on your clip make a mask around the orange skin like a small triangle
    4. look at your vectroscope the line should be between the yellow and the red, to do this shift the hue angle on the fast color corrector, so the line is on the yellow and red.
    5, turn off your mask and see what your skin tone looks like. may slightly adjust other images

    but the bride wont look like a umpa lumpa
    I hope this makes sense ? or send a screen grab and ill have a look

  • Ann Bens

    June 14, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    There is no more vectorscop HLS on 2022.4 and up. Just YUV.

  • Paul Carlin

    June 15, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Chris’ suggestions are solid. I would like to add one more suggestion to look into using DaVinci Resolve which has the toolset to handle these situations.

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