Larry Jordan Training: Premiere Pro CC: The Basics of Masks

By Larry Jordan

[This is an excerpt from Larry Jordan’s online PowerUp webinar #244: “Practical Uses of Masks in Premiere Pro CC” which is available as a downloadas part of Larry’s Video Training Library.]

Many editors are intimidated by masks. But, really, all a mask does is allow us to select a portion of an image. In this session, Larry Jordan illustrates a variety of practical ways we can use masks to create visual effects and improve our color correction.

The masks inside Adobe Premiere are both powerful and flexible, especially when it comes to color correction. Color correction allows us to fix color problems with our clips. With the recent addition of the Lumetri Color Panel to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe has gathered all of Premiere’s color correction features into one easy-to-access place; while masks allows us to specifically focus where a color change occurs.

In this session, you’ll learn:

– The basics of applying a mask
– Tracking a mask
– The fundamentals of color correction
– Using masks to improve color correction

Plus, other masking effects you can use everyday

If you always wanted to learn more about masks, how they can expand the visual effects you create and improve your color grading, this session is for you.

 

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CONTENT OUTLINE

Welcome
– Agenda
– Other webinars on color
Definitions
– Masks
– Color terms
– Pixels
– Video Scopes
– The Waveform Monitor
– Define gray-scale ranges
– The Vectorscope
– Color Correction Rules
Mask Basics
– Mask an effect
– Create a circle mask
– Delete a mask
– Create a rectangular mask
– Invert a mask
– Hide a portion of a frame
– Track a mask
– Tracking control settings
– Bezier mask & track
Masks in Color Correction
– Fix blown-out windows
– Fix color casts
– Fix another color cast
– Correct an exposure
– Skin tone table
– Fix problems in a scene
– Problems with saturation & vibrance
– Add a color cast and desaturate
– Add a vignette

Audience Questions
Summary

Then, Larry gives us a behind the scenes look at how to fix a color cast caused by masking. The masks inside Adobe Premiere are both powerful and flexible, especially when it comes to color correction. Color correction allows us to fix color problems with our clips. With the recent addition of the Lumetri Color Panel to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe has gathered all of Premiere’s color correction features into one easy-to-access place; while masks allows us to specifically focus where a color change occurs.

In this session, you’ll learn:

– The basics of applying a mask
– Tracking a mask
– The fundamentals of color correction
– Using masks to improve color correction

Plus, other masking effects you can use everyday

If you always wanted to learn more about masks, how they can expand the visual effects you create and improve your color grading, this session is for you.

Both videos are available for download at larryjordan.com/store. With membership you have access to Larry’s entire webinar catalog of over 1200 videos for as little as $19.99 per month.

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About James DeRuvo 172 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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