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How to Refine the Colour in Videos Using DaVinci Resolve

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Learn to colour correct and grade 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 colour grading tutorial looks at finishing off the look for your colour grade by making some targeted tweaks.

How to Dial in the Look for Your Colour Grade 

At this stage, you’ll have already made great headway with the look you’re after, but now you can start to play with the offset wheel and see if you want to do something like brighten up the footage, or make it a little moodier.

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Don't Clip Your Blacks

Keep an eye on your scopes to make sure you don’t clip your blacksKeep an eye on your scopes to make sure you don’t clip your blacksKeep an eye on your scopes to make sure you don’t clip your blacks
Keep an eye on your scopes to make sure you don’t clip your blacks

Keep an eye on your scopes, particularly Parade, and make sure you don’t clip your blacks while you’re making adjustments.

Fine-Tune Colour

the offset has just been nudged over to cyan a littlethe offset has just been nudged over to cyan a littlethe offset has just been nudged over to cyan a little
The offset has just been nudged over to cyan a little

In our example footage, there’s still a little too much red, so the Offset has just been nudged over to cyan a little to balance it out.

Rebalance Any Skin Tones

Rebalance any skin tones back in your Skin nodeRebalance any skin tones back in your Skin nodeRebalance any skin tones back in your Skin node
Rebalance any skin tones back in your Skin node

That’s made the overall colour better, but it’s also changed the skin tone. So back into the Skin node, we can then offset that by pulling Offset in the opposite direction.

Before and After

Footage unedited (top) and footage with the grade so far (bottom)Footage unedited (top) and footage with the grade so far (bottom)Footage unedited (top) and footage with the grade so far (bottom)
Footage unedited (top) and footage with the grade so far (bottom)

This is a good time to take stock. By following this DaVinci Resolve tutorial, you’ll have gone from a flat, lifeless image (and in the case of our example, very yellow!) to a vibrant piece of footage with good skin tones.

More Lessons From This Course

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on colour grading in DaVinci Resolve. Here are some related DaVinci Resolve tutorials for you to explore.

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.  

Marie Gardiner wrote the text version of this lesson and it was edited and published by Jackson Couse.

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