According to wikipedia, ‘Color grading is the process of altering and enhancing the color of a motion picture, video image, or still image either electronically, photo-chemically or digitally. The photo-chemical process is also referred to as color timing and is typically performed at a photographic laboratory.’

This process allows the video editor to control the image. A video clip conveys more than the content it contains. It is a step by step process which requires good knowledge of Hue, Saturation, RGB curves, shadows, highlights and more. Pull back the curtain on color grading in these insightful breakdown videos. Studying breakdown videos is a great way to become a better colorist.

Color grading breakdowns can help you fine tune your color grading skills. Spend some time examining how a colorist has created a particular look, step by step.

Here is a quick round up of color grading breakdowns of Hollywood movies.

LUTs (Look-Up Table) are used to color grade these scenes. You can get LUTs Color Grading pack by IWLTBAP for $20. The package contains 80 presets for Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premier Pro, Speedgrade, Davinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, and more.

Read this article by No Film School to understand what a LUT file is.

Color Grading Breakdown #1 – The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

Breakdown #2 – Edge of Darkness (2010)

Breakdown #3 – Terminator Genisys (2015)

Breakdown #4 – Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Breakdown #5 – Spectre (2015)

Breakdown #6 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Episode VII (2015)

Breakdown #7 – The Dark Knight (2008)

Breakdown #8 – The Martian (2015)

Breakdown #9 – Gone Girl (2014)

Breakdown #10 – X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Breakdown #11 – World War Z (2013)

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