Learn to colour correct and colour grade video with our free course DaVinci Resolve Colour Grading for Beginners. You'll learn how to use each important tool in Resolve, including how to set up your project using scene cut detection, how to get clean skin tones with noise reduction, and how to create cinematic looks.
This lesson is a quick look at creating the perfect ambience in your video background.
How to Colour Grade the Backgrounds in Video Using Resolve
Backgrounds can be tricky when it comes to colour grading. You still want it to look good, but you don’t want to overpower your main focus. Here’s a quick run-through of how you can colour grade your background in Resolve.
This is the stage the footage is at from previous lessons in this course. Using the jog wheels under our colour wheels, we'll make small adjustments, paying attention to the background colours and tone.
Here, we’ve brought the shadows down a bit and bumped up the mids and highlights. You can see now there’s a nice hard light on his hand, and it melts into the background with a nice contrast to the skin tones in the foreground. It’s probably a little over-saturated, though.
Under Gain, we’ve dropped the Saturation from 50 to 30 and you can see that’s a lot better—it looks a lot more balanced now.
Here’s the before (top) and after (bottom). The changes are subtle, but you can see that the background is darker and less saturated now, which makes the foreground pop and draws our focus to where we want it. In an upcoming lesson, we'll look at 'dialling in the look' when it comes to the rest of your footage.
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About the Authors
Tom Graham created the video course that includes this lesson. Tom is a multi-skilled content creator with a background in commercial filmmaking.