While the latest version of Premiere Pro CC is packed with several fantastic new features, the most notable update happens to be the vastly increased capabilities of the Lumetri Color Panel. In the latest 2019 update, Adobe has included five new Hue/Saturation curve adjustments to help creative professionals better fine-tune the colors of their videos.
For those unfamiliar with the new tools, a tutorial produced by Motion Array goes over all Hue Saturation curves, explaining each adjustment’s function and how it affects the overall image.
The first curve you will notice in Lumetri is the Hue vs Saturation tool. This is essentially an updated version of the old Hue vs Saturation color wheel found in earlier versions of Premiere. As the name implies, the tool allows you to target specific colors and adjust the amount of saturation for the color.
With the new horizontal graph design of the tool, you can adjust the shape of the curve to control the specificity of your color selection, which is perfect for isolating very particular areas of your shot.
The next new curve inside of Lumetri is Hue vs Hue, which allows you to transform one color to another. For example, by creating boundary points between the color blue, you can adjust the curve to change the color to red, green, orange, or whatever hue you desire.
Below the Hue vs Hue curves is the Hue vs Luma tool, which will change the brightness of areas with specific colors. This asset is especially useful for skin tones, wherein you can isolate the color of an actor’s skin and increase its luminosity, helping your subject stand out in the frame.
Luma vs. Saturation is another curve tool added to the latest version of Premiere Pro CC. For those who are new to color grading, this implementation allows users to adjust the saturation based on the brightness/luminance of a particular area in your image. The Luma vs Saturation curve is helpful for creating a natural look, such as desaturating darker areas for a more natural appearance to your image.
Finally, there is the Saturation vs Saturation tool. For beginners, the usefulness of this curve may be hard to grasp at first. This tool essentially manipulates the saturation of an image based on its existing saturation. This allows you to achieve effects such as desaturating an entire image while only areas with rich colors remain saturated.
For most seasoned professionals, these added hue and saturation curves are a welcome addition to the latest version of Premiere Pro CC. For those just getting started with Premiere Pro’s color tools, however, it’s paramount to set aside time to learn and experiment with the capabilities of the hue and saturation curves, especially if you want to speed up your color grading workflow and get even better results down the line.