Adobe Premiere Color Grading: Simplifying Your Workspace

Adobe Premiere, in a nutshell, is a popular, industry-standard video-editing software. You might’ve heard it once in the passing and are interested to learn more about it, or perhaps you are currently using it regularly and curious as to how to improve your workflow. Regardless, this tutorial is about how to color grade in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

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Without further ado, let’s start with the basic gist.

Pay attention to these three elements of color grading: hue (the colors); saturation (the intensity of each color); and luma (the brightness/shade of the color). You can find those elements in the Lumetri Scopes tab of your color workspace. The tutorial sees the following three indicators for the whole process of color grading: waveform (the indicator that you can use to correct the exposure); RGB/Red, Green, Blue parade (the indicator for adjusting white balance issues, read in red, green, and blue color channels); and vectorscope (the indicator that shows what colors are present in the video/image as well as their saturation). All should be present in the default workspace.

The tutorial, as found here:, covers these basic steps in the workflow:

  1. Correct the exposure or the brightness of the image/video;
  2. Adjust the white balance or color temperature, if there are any issues; and lastly,
  3. Adjust the saturation by either increasing or reducing it.

In those three simple steps broken down in more detail, you’ll find that the process of color grading is not as complicated as you might think. As you learn the core essentials in it, in time you’ll have no difficulties in getting to know how to color grade in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.