Changing Color in Premiere Pro

Motion Array Premiere Pro January 27, 2019 3 min read

Working with templates can save A LOT of time. But there are a good number of templates that don’t include a built-in way to easily change the color of element. Today, we’re going to go over how to change colors in Premiere Pro. To be clear, this isn’t intended to be a tutorial on color correction. Instead, we’re looking at how to change the color of simple template elements and assets. So, let’s dive in and get started.

Changing the Color of a Single Color Element

For our example, we have a template for a title pack with a block element that we want to make a different color. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of times when developers of these sorts of templates won’t include a simple way to change the color of elements. If that’s the case, then what can really help you is using the tint effect. Go to the effects panel and search for ‘tint’.  From here you can drag and drop it onto your footage.

It may turn grey at this point, but don’t worry. Now go to your effect controls panel and you should see two different eye droppers, one for black and one for white. Take the dark color palette and select the desired color you’d like for your element and then use the eyedropper for the other section to match the color.

Simple as that! You’ve easily changed the color of a simple element. But what happens when you have something like a lens flare for example? In this case, there’s lots of nuances in the color, and making it all one flat color would just look terrible.

Changing the Color of a Complicated Element

For this scenario, let’s go to ‘Color Balance (HLS)’. Search for it in your effects panel and drag and drop it onto your footage. In your effects controls, the hue slider is the one you’re going to want to use. This will basically give you an infinite loop of variability for the new hue you want it to be. More blue, more yellow, more green. And it rotates every color equally around the color wheel.  It’s as simple as that!

General Color Correction

But even though we said this isn’t a video about color correction, let’s quickly go over how to do some minor corrections for your footage. There may be times when you download stock footage and you want it to either stylize it or match it closer to pre-existing footage. This is a job for your Lumetri Color Section. If you can’t find it, go to window, and choose Lumetri Color.

Now, a great place to start with stylizing is to go to the creative section and to cycle through the preloaded looks. If any of them comes close to what you want, click it to apply it to your footage, and either increase or decrease its intensity depending on what you’re looking for. You can use this to get close the look you want and then get the rest of the way on your own.

Another way you can go about changing the look of your footage is with the basic correction section. By changing the color temperature and tint, you can give broad and overarching colored looks to your footage.


Yet perhaps my preferred method to making more detailed changes is the Curves section.  A brief overview of how curves work is that it allows you to increase or decrease the intensity of different elements of the footage: the Blacks, Shadows, Mid-tones, Highlights, and the Whites.  Making changes to each of these different sections will primarily impact only that section and then graduate that change into the nearby sections.  But this doesn’t just work for luminance, you can also choose Red, Green, or Blue colors to either increase or decrease its presence in any given section.  This gives you an unparalleled amount of control over the color of your footage.

So play around with these methods for changing color and see what you come up with!  We hope you enjoyed this video. If you have any questions, please ask them below in the comments section. Also, be sure to check out all of our other awesome tutorials. 

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