Isolating Colour From Black & White Clips

How To Isolate one colour in premiere pro and create black and white video where only one color shines through. A Tutorial on using the leave colour effect in Premiere Pro 2020

Leave Colour Premiere Pro 2019 Tutorial

This is a really simple and powerful stylised effect. We’re just going to create black and white images for you that really pop with a flash of colour. To do this we’re gonna be using a plugin called the Leave Colour effect and as the name suggests, that allows you to create a black & white image that leaves one colour shine through. 

To do this we have this shot of a flower in the streets, a bright red flower that’s against the kind of concrete look of the building behind it. I think it looks quite artistic especially when we apply the leave colour effect. 

So head over to the effects window, find Leave Colour and drop that onto our clip. We go back up to our effects control window, making sure that clip is selected, we’re looking for leave colour. Select the pipette tool and select the red of the flower, find a nice vibrant bit of the image. 

You then go to a ‘Amount to De-Colour’, let’s turn that to 100%. We’re going to need to play with the tolerance slightly because there’s some kind of ugly artefacts that will happen to the image, where the effect is a bit too harsh in how it’s letting the colour through. 

We’re going to open this up in steps, and as we go too far we can see the green of the plant is coming through, in this case ninety percent looks like the best that I can get. 

What happens if you have, like we’ve gotten with this flower these dark bits in the shadow. Go to where it says Match Colours, instead of using RGB go to Use Hue. You will see by selecting that straightaway the shadow has gone from underneath, and just the red of the flower and that frame is showing through.

So there you have it, the Leave Colour effect. It just adds a little bit more style to your black and white clips and it really is as easy as that to use.


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