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Matt Tyson
Make one of these white horses dark
on Aug 15, 2016 at 4:48:25 pm

I'm struggling to make one of the white horses in this clip dark (very dark brown/black).

I know enough masking and layers to do an animated mask on the darker horse, but the actual coloring I just can't seem to get.

I've tried adding a solid dark layer and messing with blending options. I've also tried a few color correction effects like tint and channel mixing.

Can anyone offer me some advice?

Video clip: 10417_3whiterunningonocean.mp4.zip


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Kalle Kannisto
Re: Make one of these white horses dark
on Aug 15, 2016 at 6:27:50 pm

I would start with Channel Combiner from green channel to lightness as it should have the best detail, do that on a copy of the footage, then curve that dark. Color shift is generally best achieved by curves in my experience.

You'll have to retain highlights, otherwise it will look fake. You can possibly do that by making layer for highlights-only, curving (or using levels) to crunch the levels so that you only have highlights.

Roughly so:



10419_darkhorse.aep.zip

You'll have to add the source files and create the masks. I used a rough track matte.

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Matt Tyson
Re: Make one of these white horses dark
on Aug 15, 2016 at 7:05:37 pm

Wow! That looks incredible, I can't wait to look at the aep file. Thank you.


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Matt Tyson
Re: Make one of these white horses dark
on Aug 15, 2016 at 7:18:51 pm

When I opened the file, the assets were missing. Would you mind adding those in?

Thanks again.


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Matt Tyson
Re: Make one of these white horses dark
on Aug 16, 2016 at 1:40:50 am

Ah, I see you mentioned about the sources. Thanks again.


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Kalle Kannisto
Re: Make one of these white horses dark
on Aug 16, 2016 at 8:36:48 am

Yeah, I just used a still image grabbed off the video and a rough track matte made in photoshop. But the color adjustments are there. You can get rid of the track matte layers if you're using masks.

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Matt Tyson
Re: Make one of these white horses dark
on Aug 16, 2016 at 5:18:38 pm

Can you give me an idea what the 'horse rough mask' layer contains?

I think I understand the other elements of it, but I put the original video in the mask layers and it seems to just override everything.


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