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How to Use Secondary Color Correction to Fine-tune Video in Adobe Premiere Pro

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In this lesson on Secondary Color Correction from David Bode's How to Color Correct Video in Premiere you will learn how to do some secondary color correction.

Before we do any secondary color correction on our example image, first we are going to adjust the exposure and the white balance by eye, using the temperature slider. In the case of this example we increase the green and add a little more blue until the white on the subject's shirt actually looks white. The problem with doing this colour correction for the indoor light, is that the neutral daylight that is shining on the blinds has now taken on a purple cast.

Making a Secondary Color Correction

To correct this, select a Three Way Color Correction and drop it in the Effects Control Panel. Move to the section called Secondary Color Correction. There you will find tools for hue, saturation, and luminance. Now if that all sounds confusing, don't worry about it, because there are some color pickers above those settings that make the job very easy.

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Select the first color picker and pick the area of the window shade where daylight is most prevalent. 

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Next click show mask. This is going to show which parts of the image have been selected.

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The aim is to select all of the daylight in the image and colour correct only that light so it doesn't look so purple. So the mask is showing that all of the daylight has not been selected: to select more areas of light, you can use the Color Picker Plus and keep clicking of areas of daylight in the image then click show mask to monitor your progress.

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Alternatively you can open up the hue, saturation and luma menus and move these sliders around until all the areas you need to cover have been selected. Bare in mind that if you push the sliders too far and select too many colours, you going to start affecting other areas of the image that you don't want included.

Once you're satisfied that the areas you need are covered, you can choose to use the feathering feature in the hue, saturation and luma sliders to make your selections less sharp and more faded at the edges.

Two other controls that you should know about are: Soften, which is going to blur out the selection a little bit. It's often pretty good to just blur it out, because if it's too jaggy looking that's not gonna look great. And Edge Thinning, which allows you to expand your selection or shrink it.

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When you're done making your adjustments, uncheck show mask and scroll up to the color wheels, click on master, and move the colours around to balance the targeted light. If it's too purple, you move to the opposite side of the wheel to yellow. In the example below the daylight shining on the blinds was targeted for colour correction but the changes did not affect the man or his shirt as they were masked out. 

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Secondary Color Correction allows you to make very specific adjustments to targeted areas of your clip. You can see how this would work well on areas like skin tone, if for example you've colour corrected everything other area of a clip, but the skin tone doesn't look right, you can use this technique to select just the skin tone and make an adjustment to it only.

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