A Complete Color Grading Workflow

Learning one tool at a time helps, but how do you put it all together for a grade?

That will depend on you and your project, but this is an example that may give you some ideas!

Working through this way you’ll see that adjustments need to make sense in context, and that managing your shots across your timeline is essential for moving quickly.

Notice how much time is spent on matching. You can easily spend all your time fiddling with one shot to make it perfect, but if it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the timeline, then there’s still work to do.

Once you’ve got an understanding of the basics, putting all together on a test project like this will help you level up!

In this video from , you’ll learn about:

  • 00:00 – Intro/Graded Scene
  • 03:02 – Setting up Color Management
  • 03:15 – Timeline CST vs Group Post Clip CST
  • 05:47 – Working Under Graphics and Overlays
  • 06:22 – Building a Fixed Node Tree
  • 07:06 – Creating a Global Look
  • 15:39 – Exposure
  • 17:25 – White Balance
  • 18:45 – Secondaries
  • 23:00 – “Pre-Look”
  • 26:36 – Trim
  • 27:12 – Recap
  • 28:26 – Final Grade

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