Understanding Secondary Color Grading Tools

Once you understand primary grading tools, you’ll want to get to know secondaries.

While primaries affect the whole image, secondaries refer to color tools that affect a portion of the image.

That may be a spatial adjustment with a mask, or a selection of just a certain color.

In DaVinci Resolve you can try power windows and qualifiers to make selections for adjustments.

And you can also use some custom curves to affect a limited number of hue, luma, or saturation values.

In this video from motionvfx, you’ll learn about:

  • 00:00 – Secondaries Explained
  • 00:53 – Power Windows
  • 01:49 – Using Parallel Nodes with Power Windows
  • 04:14 – Blurring with Power Windows
  • 06:42 – Qualifiers
  • 08:35 – Combining Qualifications and Power Windows
  • 10:51 – Granular Adjustments with 3D Keyer

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