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Develop module Color Grading and Point Color


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Feb 8, 2024
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  1. Windows 11
What's the difference? I assume that Point Color is more specific (and it works with masks) whereas Color Grading is more global withing the 3 tonal ranges...?
Color grading changes the color based on the brightness of the image. You make shadows less blue, for example. Point color changes a specific color, so you select blue, can make the selection very specific so only a certain type of blue is selected, and then you can change only that. HSL is somewhere between these. You can change blue and make it a bit more cyan, for example, but you can’t select only dark blue and leave slightly brighter blue unaffected.
White Balance (temp & tint) - allows the overal color cast os the image to be shifted. shifts the color of all pixels by the same amount

Color Mixer/Mixer/HSL-Color - The pixels in an image are broken into 8 color groups, each with its own set of sliders. For example "the blues" or the "the yellows". You can then alter the hue, saturation, and/or luminance for each of these 8 color groups. However you can't can't change a color to be outside of it's color group. For example you can't convert blues to reds.

Color Mixer/Point Color - you can select which pixels to modify based on any combination of Hue, Saturation, and/or Luminance. You have fine control over the range of each of these aspects (Hue, Saturation, Luminance). You can then alter any of Hue, Saturation, Luminance for those selected pixels. Again, though, the hue shift is limited to the same general color as the original hue (can't change blues to reds).

Color Grading - The pixels in the image are divided into 3 zones (Shadows, Midtones, Highlights). Then you can shift the Hue, Saturation and/or luminace of all the pixels in these 3 tone zones. This tool is meant to mimic "split toning" where, for example, you warm up the shadows or give a yellow tint to the highlights.