Where to Start in the Secondaries Room?

The process of secondary color correction is fairly straightforward and involves the following steps.

Stage 1: Isolating the Region You Need to Adjust

There are three basic methods you can use to isolate, or qualify, features or areas within an image in the Secondaries room:

  • Key on a range of color, saturation, or brightness.

  • Use a shape as a mask.

  • Use one of the secondary curves to selectively adjust a portion of the spectrum.

All these methods are described in this chapter. Once you’ve selected a region of the image to work on, the Control pop-up menu lets you apply separate operations to the inside and outside of the selection.

Stage 2: Making Color Balance, Contrast, and Saturation Adjustments

After you’ve qualified an area for correction, you can use the same color balance controls, primary contrast sliders, Saturation and Lift/Gain/Gamma parameters in the Basic tab, as well as the RGB parameters in the Advanced tab that are available in the Primary In room. For more information about these controls, see The Primary In Room.

Note: There is one additional correction parameter available in the Secondaries room that’s not available in the Primary In and Out rooms, and that is the Global Hue parameter. Using Global Hue, you can rotate the hue of every single color in the image at once. Unlike the other parameters in the Secondaries room, Global Hue affects every pixel of the image, and is not limited by the HSL qualifiers or the vignette controls.

Stage 3: Moving Through the Eight Tabs to Make More Corrections

Once you’ve completed the correction at hand, you can move on to the next secondary operation you need to perform. The Secondaries room supports up to eight separate secondary operations (although you may only have seven if you’re in single display mode).

In the next few sections, you’ll learn how to isolate areas of the image in different ways.