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This page covers the various slider controls offered in Colorista III; including Exposure, Saturation, Hue, Highlights, Shadows, Pop, Vignette and Strength.
Exposure stretches or compresses the Red, Green and Blue channels. Exposure is good for setting the overall brightness of the image. You can use the 3-Way Highlight control to similar effect, but you may already have used it to adjust white balance. Use Exposure when you want to add brightness compensation after adjusting the other correction controls.
Exposure keyboard shortcuts
These shortcuts only work in After Effects; they do not work in other host apps like Premiere Pro.
Up Arrow: Increase Primary Exposure by 0.25
Up Arrow + Shift: Increase Primary Exposure by 1.0
Down Arrow: Decrease Primary Exposure by –0.25
Down Arrow + Shift: Decrease Primary Exposure by –1.0
The Saturation slider raises or lowers the colorfulness or intensity of color of your footage. Value range is –100 to +100%.
The default value of 0% does not affect the saturation of your image. Lower values drain color from the image, making it closer to grayscale. Higher values add color intensity and causes your image’s color to become more bold. Be careful when using this parameter as a high Saturation can make colors look too pure and artificial-looking.
The Hue slider shifts all colors along the color wheel. The value range -180 to 180 degrees. Default value is 0 degrees, which is neutral. Positive/higher values move the color sample counter-clockwise along the color wheel. Negative/lower move the sample clockwise along the color wheel.
The Highlights slider controls the brightness of the highlights region of the image. The value range is -100 to 100. The default value of 0 does not affect the highlights of your image. Moving the slider to a positive value brightens up the highlights of your image without altering the perceptual contrast level of the shot. Moving the slider to a negative value will remove brightness from the highlights of the image.
The Shadows slider controls the brightness of the shadows region of the image. The value range is -100 to 100. The default value of 0 does not affect the shadows or dark regions of your image. Moving the slider to a positive value brightens up the shadows of your image without altering the perceptual contrast level of the shot. Moving the slider to a negative value will remove brightness from the shadows of the image.
The Pop slider has two unique functions, depending upon whether it is set to a positive or negative value.Set to positive values, Pop adds local contrast to your image for more visual 'pop' or clarity. Positive Pop provides better visual sharpness for many types of challenging footage, such as outdoor backlit shots. Set to negative values, Pop removes sharpness and creates a softened smoothing effect. It is terrific for quick and simple complexion smoothing for cosmetic cleanup.
Range is -100 to 100%. Default value is 0%, or no effect. The higher the value, the more contrast that is applied. Increase the Pop slider to help footage that looks hazy or unsharp. The lower the value, the more smoothing that is applied. Lower the value to smooth out skin tone values and clean up problem skin
The Vignette slider mimics a real-world lens vignette. A lens vignette occurs when the light that enters the lens is partially blocked by the barrel, causing a natural decrease in brightness around the edges of the frame. The value range is -100 to 100. The default of 0 will not affect the vignetting of the image. Moving the slider to a positive value will add vignetting to the image. Moving the slider to a negative value will remove vignetting that already exists in the image.
The Strength slider is a refinement control that sets the interaction between the original image and the corrections performed by Colorista III. Value range is 0 to 100%. The default setting is 100%, which means all color corrections are fully applied. Lower values make the color corrections less visible. At 0%, the Colorista III is effectively turned off.