Davinci Resolve Color Grading

Technical and Creative Color Grading using Davinci Resolve

Davinci Resolve is known as a color grading software and hardware for more than 30 years and upon acquisition of Blackmagic Design it is now an ecosystem of post-production tools. Color has always been the heart of Davinci Resolve. It is known for its powerful tools and is widely used in and out of Hollywood. Understand why color is such an important part of the post-production process as well as reproduce colors accurately by adjusting the grade. The course includes instruction on color concept foundations, colorist basics, and scopes. It also explains how color grading can completely transform a video.


Introduction to Color Grading
DaVinci has pioneered the development of color correction hardware and software designed to enhance visual images acquired from film and video. Color grading is the process of enhancing the appearance of an image in order to show a certain element of the video or photograph in the desired manner. This process can include adjusting the color, contrast, saturation, black level, detail, and more. The goal is to depict the desired mood, time, or character.

Color grading puts the emotional polish on a photo or film, and it is an essential part of the project to consider the color look before beginning production. Rather than a specific method, color grading is more about the creative thought process of knowing why and when to adjust color.

    • Color Theory
      Color theory is the practical guidance for color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination.
    • Color Theory
      Color theory is the practical guidance for color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination.
    • Psychology of Color
      How do colors affect mood and emotions?
      Color can play an important role in conveying information nonverbally, creating certain moods, and even influencing the decisions people make. Given that 90% of snap judgments are influenced by the psychological effects of color alone, it’s important to know what colors mean and what responses they can elicit.
    • Color in Films
      How Filmmakers use color to set the mood of the film?

Using the Color Page

  • Understanding the Color Page Interface
  • What are the tools available?

Understanding Nodes

  • Node Editing Basics
  • Different kinds of Nodes and when to use it

Primary Grading Control

  • Difference between Color Correction and Color Grading
    Color correction is generally the process that comes before color grading. Color grading is the creative aspect. It creates a stylistic effect desired by the producer or director.
  • How to Correctly Color Correct using DaVinci Resolve
    Color correction, which is the technical aspect of the two, makes the images work by:
  • Adjusting cropping and composition
  • Removing spots
  • Shot-Matching the footage taken with different cameras.

Secondary Qualifiers

  • How to correctly use Curves, Color Wheels, Power windows, Scopes and Qualifiers.

Color Page Effects

  • Creative Grading and Looks – understanding color harmonies
  • Correcting bad footage
  • Matching colors and levels of different clips
  • Using professional retouching techniques (ResolveFX)

Advantages of using a Color Grading Panel