How to Use the Adobe Premiere Pro Color Match Tool

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Color correction and color grading can have a dramatic impact on the quality of your videos. From white balance correction to contrast, saturation, mid tones, and more, there’s a lot to learn. Fortunately for our sanity, Adobe Premiere Pro has an automatic color match tool built in. And in this article we’ll explain how to use this tool to color grade your video footage. What You’ll Need to Get Started Before you can begin working with Premiere Pro’s color match tool, you need to ensure you’re able to use it. To start with, you need the Premiere Pro CC April…

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Color correction and color grading can have a dramatic impact on the quality of your videos. From white balance correction to contrast, saturation, mid tones, and more, there’s a lot to learn.

Fortunately for our sanity, Adobe Premiere Pro has an automatic color match tool built in. And in this article we’ll explain how to use this tool to color grade your video footage.

What You’ll Need to Get Started

Before you can begin working with Premiere Pro’s color match tool, you need to ensure you’re able to use it.

To start with, you need the Premiere Pro CC April 2018 12.1 release. This update added the color match tool, so you won’t be able to use it on older versions such as CS6.

You’ll also need a powerful computer to start color correcting and grading with Premiere Pro. Adobe Premiere isn’t always very efficient, and color correction is very demanding on a system. You may want to consider building a budget 4K editing computer. Alternatively, you can generate optimized proxies, or perform these Premiere Pro performance tips.

Once you have the correct version of Premiere Pro and a suitably powerful computer, import your footage, and get your initial edit ready to go.

Prepare Your References

The color match tool works by studying a reference image or video and applying changes to the source footage. In order to use it, you will need to import a reference image or video, and put it on your timeline. You can delete it once your color matching is complete.

You can use your own videos or images for reference. One way to get started quickly with color grading is by using images from a Hollywood movie. If you find a scene you would like to replicate, then take a screenshot and import it.

Using the Color Match Tool

Once you’re ready to go, using the color match tool is a simple process. Get started by opening the Lumetri Color panel from the Window > Lumetri Color menu.

Lumetri Color menu option

Alternatively, open the Color workspace, by going to Window > Workspaces > Color.

Premiere Color Workspace menu option

Here’s the footage I’m starting with:

This is a shot from our BenQ TK800 4K projector review. While it’s OK, the colors are a bit dull, and it’s lacking in contrast.

From inside the Lumetri Color panel, scroll down to and expand Color Wheels & Match.

Lumetri Color wheels and match

Choose the Comparison View button. This will change your program monitor into a split screen. The right half shows your current clip and timeline position. The left half shows your reference image. Underneath this is a mini timeline. Here you can scrub left or right to locate your reference material in the timeline.

Lumetri comparison view

Position this mini timeline playhead at your reference material. As this clip is from Big Buck Bunny, a screenshot of the original source material is a good choice for the reference. As you can see, the original is a much better image. The colors are better, the image is brighter, and there’s more contrast:

Lumetri color match source material

Once you’ve lined up your source material, press the Apply Match button. Premiere may take a few seconds to show any changes (depending on your computer), but it will eventually update.

Providing you’re happy with the match, select Comparison View again, to exit the comparison view.

Here’s the result. While it does not look exactly like the reference, it’s a lot better than it was:

Lumtri color matched image

Color Match Tool: Additional Options

Once you’re comfortable with color matching shots, there are some additional options available.

At the bottom of the program monitor (with the comparison view on), there are five buttons. From left to right, these are:

Shot or Frame Comparison. This will toggle the left image between your reference material, and a “before” preview—what your footage looked like before color matching:

Lumetri comparison view shot or frame comparison button

After pressing:

Premiere comparison view before color matching

The Side by Side button shows the source and reference views next to each other. This is the default view:

Lumetri comparison view side by side button

The Vertical Split button will change from side by side view, to an amalgamated view, with both the reference and source footage combining to make one image. You can click and drag on the vertical line to see more or less of the source or reference material.

Lumetri comparison view vertical split button

Here’s what it looks like:

Lumetri vertical split comparison

The Horizontal Split is similar to the vertical split, only this time the view is split horizontally:

Lumetri comparison view horizontal split button

Here’s what it looks like:

Lumetri horizontal split comparison

Finally, the Swap Sides button simply swaps the source and reference views:

Lumetri comparison view swap sides button

Here’s what it looks like:

Lumetri Swap Sides

All of these buttons exist to make things easier for you as a filmmaker. By exactly lining up your before and after shots, and closely comparing your source and reference material, you can be confident that your new image looks how you imagined it in your source material.

Adobe Premiere Color Matching in 5 Easy Steps

The color match tool isn’t perfect. It doesn’t always get things right, and it’s not a substitute for true color grading and correction. Simple changes to exposure, contrast, and white balance can make a big difference. However, the color matching tool is an excellent way to start color grading your footage, especially if you have never color graded before.

In summary, here are the steps required to use the Adobe Premiere Pro color match tool:

  1. Choose your source material: Anything will do for source material, even shots from big budget productions.
  2. Enter the Color Wheels & Match area: This is inside the Lumetri Color panel.
  3. Select Comparison View: This shows the differences between your reference and source material.
  4. Scroll to your source material: Use the playhead underneath the reference view.
  5. Apply Match: Premiere will adjust the colors to match with one click.
    1. Now that you know how to use the color match tool, why not discover how to use LUTs in Adobe Premiere Pro?

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The 8 Best Free Browser-Based Adobe Illustrator Alternatives

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Adobe Illustrator is the default choice for anyone who needs high quality graphic design software. But Adobe’s subscription model is pretty expensive, and Illustrator only works on Windows and Mac. If you’re a hobbyist on a budget, or use Linux or a Chromebook, what are your options? Fortunately, there are plenty of free, browser-based Adobe Illustrator alternatives you can try. Not only do you not have to pay for them, but they’ll run on any device running any operating system. 1. Gravit Designer Gravit Designer is a fast, powerful, and great-looking free vector design tool. As well as working in…

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Adobe Illustrator is the default choice for anyone who needs high quality graphic design software. But Adobe’s subscription model is pretty expensive, and Illustrator only works on Windows and Mac.

If you’re a hobbyist on a budget, or use Linux or a Chromebook, what are your options?

Fortunately, there are plenty of free, browser-based Adobe Illustrator alternatives you can try. Not only do you not have to pay for them, but they’ll run on any device running any operating system.

1. Gravit Designer

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Gravit Designer is a fast, powerful, and great-looking free vector design tool. As well as working in all major browsers you can download a desktop version for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS. In all cases you get full cloud sync integration.

The program has all the basics you’d expect from Illustrator, including a version of the Pen tool (called Paths) and a freehand drawing tool that smooths your lines as you go.

It’s easy to create custom shapes thanks to Gravit’s take on the Pathfinder tool. There’s also a wide variety of keyboard shortcuts, including many that are the same as in Adobe’s software.

In addition to all this you get huge libraries of pre-designed shapes, illustrations, icons, lines, and more to use in your designs. For pro users Gravit Designer also supports CMYK.

2. Vectr

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With support for all major browsers as well as a downloadable version for Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, Vectr is a simple tool for creating quick vector designs.

It isn’t as feature-rich as Gravit, but that means there’s a shorter learning curve. And it has strengths for particular types of usage.

Vectr is especially good for creating social media cover pages. There are preset document sizes, and its easy to import photos and add your own text on top.

There’s seamless cloud integration. Every image has its own unique URL that you can share with anyone. Or you can export your finished work in the SVG, PNG, and JPEG formats.

3. Boxy SVG

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Boxy SVG is an SVG editor that works in Chromium-based browsers like Chrome or Opera. It also has a desktop version for Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS.

Boxy works natively with SVG files, so you never need to export your images when you’re ready to use them, and can easily open them in other image-editing apps. It also means you can output HTML code for your images, which you can paste straight into a web page. If you prefer, you can create normal image files in the JPEG, PNG, WebP, and GIF formats.

So what features do you get? All the basics are here. There are lots of shape drawing tools, plus a pen and various curve tools. You also get plenty of type options, including integration with Google Fonts. Support for clipping masks gives you the power to create more complex works.

We found Boxy’s interface to be a little tricky to master at first, but it’s a fast and very capable Illustrator alternative, so worth persevering with.

4. Canva

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Canva is a very popular and easy to use browser based design tool. It offers more than 50,000 templates for every type of user and purpose. You can use it to create logos, ebook covers, posters, ads, and a whole lot more.

You don’t get much control. There aren’t any drawing tools so it’s not possible to create something from scratch. Instead, you just pick the template and customize it to taste.

And that’s really the point. Canva is about simplification. You can create some beautiful, complex, and very professional-looking designs without any design skills.

Check out our guide to things you can create with Canva.

5. Figma

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Aimed at professional or serious users who may already know how to use Illustrator, Figma has a growing reputation. It comes with its own Adobe-style subscription plan, but has a free offering that lets you create three projects and work in a team with two members.

Figma is primarily built for interface design, and fully supports files made in Sketch, another popular pro design tool. It also has mobile apps for iOS and Android that you can use to preview your designs on the fly.

The learning curve is steep, but there’s little you can’t do with Figma. There’s both support for Google Fonts and your own imported, offline fonts. It’s easy to create shapes and to design custom shapes through a pathfinder-like tool, and there’s full mask support. You can also save them as Components to reuse in your other projects.

When you’re finished you can export your work as PNG, JPEG, or SVG files, or just copy out your styles as CSS code.

6. Inkscape

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Inkscape has long been established as one of the best free Illustrator alternatives. While it’s always been a desktop program you can use it in-browser through the RollApp service.

The effect is a little strange since you get the full desktop UI crammed into a browser window. However, once you switch the browser to full screen mode it works much better.

Inkscape is a powerful piece of software. There’s a learning curve, both in terms of mastering its tools and in that it uses a whole different set of keyboard shortcuts.

It’s also a tad slow. Using Inkscape with RollApp is ideal when you need to edit on the go, but in most cases you’d be better installing the desktop software.

7. Janvas

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Janvas has a solid set of features, including support for masks, and plenty of pen tool and text options.

It suits the beginner thanks to a library of templates covering everything from icons and UI elements, to letter and photo book templates. An extra series of pre-made gradients, patterns and textures, and filters help to make common design features accessible with a single click. You can save your work in the SVG, JPEG, or PNG formats.

Janvas has its quirks. It’s got a panel-heavy interface that takes some time to master. It’s configurable, but you’ll need to experiment to find a layout that suits your workflow. The biggest downside is that it doesn’t support keyboard shortcuts at all.

All of which means Janvas is a solid choice for smaller, quicker projects, if not for more complex pieces of work.

8. Vecteezy Editor

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If you have got an existing SVG file that you want to tweak, Vecteezy is a good choice. It’s best for editing files or making very simple icons and logos, rather than creating larger pieces of work from scratch.

This is due to the simplicity of the app. You get pen and type tools and not much else. Instead, there are heaps of pre-designed shapes and pre-drawn illustrations that you can import into your work. Templates are promised for the future, too.

Saving files is trivial: just choose to export as either an SVG or PNG and your final image downloads instantly.

Adobe Illustrator Isn’t the Only Option!

None of the these browser-based apps can match the full feature set that Adobe Illustrator has to offer.

But they’re more than good enough to create things like posters, illustrations, logos and the like. You can even use them to learn the principles of graphic design, since all the tools—the various drawing, text, color, and shape tools—all work in the same way.

And you needn’t stop there. Once you’ve mastered your chosen vector design app, it’s time to check out some of the best free alternatives to Photoshop, Lightroom, and other Adobe products.

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SessionM customer loyalty data aggregator snags $23.8 M investment

SessionM announced a $23.8 million Series E investment led by Salesforce Ventures. A bushel of existing investors including Causeway Media Partners, CRV, General Atlantic, Highland Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers also contributed to the round. The company has now raised over $97 million. At its core, SessionM aggregates loyalty data for brands to […]

SessionM announced a $23.8 million Series E investment led by Salesforce Ventures. A bushel of existing investors including Causeway Media Partners, CRV, General Atlantic, Highland Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers also contributed to the round. The company has now raised over $97 million.

At its core, SessionM aggregates loyalty data for brands to help them understand their customer better, says company co-founder and CEO Lars Albright. “We are a customer data and engagement platform that helps companies build more loyal and profitable relationships with their consumers,” he explained.

Essentially that means, they are pulling data from a variety of sources and helping brands offer customers more targeted incentives, offers and product recommendations “We give [our users] a holistic view of that customer and what motivates them,” he said.

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To achieve this, SessionM takes advantage of machine learning to analyze the data stream and integrates with partner platforms like Salesforce, Adobe and others. This certainly fits in with Adobe’s goal to build a customer service experience system of record and Salesforce’s acquisition of Mulesoft in March to integrate data from across an organization, all in the interest of better understanding the customer.

When it comes to using data like this, especially with the advent of GDPR in the EU in May, Albright recognizes that companies need to be more careful with data, and that it has really enhanced the sensitivity around stewardship for all data-driven businesses like his.

“We’ve been at the forefront of adopting the right product requirements and features that allow our clients and businesses to give their consumers the necessary control to be sure we’re complying with all the GDPR regulations,” he explained.

The company was not discussing valuation or revenue. Their most recent round prior to today’s announcement, was a Series D in 2016 for $35 million also led by Salesforce Ventures.

SessionM, which was founded in 2011, has around 200 employees with headquarters in downtown Boston. Customers include Coca-Cola, L’Oreal and Barney’s.