Color grading is the process of enhancing and refining the color of an image or video to create a specific look or mood. It involves adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, and color balance to achieve a desired aesthetic.
Color grading is different from color correction. Color correction fixes any imbalances in the color so it can appear how the eye is meant to see it. Color grading conveys a visual tone.
Color grading can be used to:
- Create a certain mood
- Make a video feel more vibrant and stylistic
- Create consistent color tones throughout a motion picture
- Create a coherent sensibility with your color palette