Color Grading: HSL Tuning
Make minor shift in hue, adjust the saturation, and brighten or darken colors
The HSL Tuning control panel contains settings used to adjust the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness of your video. HSL tuning can be used to make slight shifts in hue to individual colors, to desaturate specific colors and leave others for dramatic effect, and to brighten or darken those colors! Each panel of HSL tuning also features a Click and Drag tool that allows you to select a color from within your shot and adjust it directly by dragging to the left or right. Like the other color grading settings, these adjustments are fully keyframable so you can set up your adjustments to evolve as your video progresses.
HSL tuning comes in handy when you’re looking to make focused changes to specific colors within your video. These changes may include adjusting the color of an object like a shirt, drawing audience focus by desaturating background colors to keep attention on a subject in color, deepening colors for creative effect, and more! Intensify a sunset, make a blue sky more vivid, make a green hat grey, and get creative.
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How to use the HSL Tuning controls
Open the color grading control panel
You can open the color grading controls for any clip by selecting clip, and then clicking ‘Editor’ on the timeline, or double clicking on the clip you’d like to make adjustments to, and select the ‘Color’ tab to open the color grading window. Ensure the ‘HSL Tuning’ tab is selected to access the controls we’ll be using in the steps below.
Make desired adjustments
The adjustments you make to your clip will be determined by the effect that you’re looking to achieve. You can use the slider controls in each tab to fine tune the colors in your video individually, or use the click and drag tool to intuitively select a color from within your shot, then drag to the left or right to adjust that color.
Changing colors too dramatically in these settings may cause visual corruption in your footage, so you may want to watch the preview window carefully and avoid large scale color changes made with only these settings. Spread larger color changes across settings, or try the Color Wheel Color Grading panel for easier shifts!
Keyframe your changes (optional)
Keyframing your color grading adjustments is not always necessary, but may help to ensure consistency through any natural variations in lighting and scenery that occur over the duration of your footage. Enable keyframing by clicking on the diamond beside the tone curve display, and add keyframes to fine tune the timing and strength of your adjustments over the duration of your clip.