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Any tips on how to approach a pastel palette when working with strong primary colors?

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Use Layers (or Parallel nodes) overlaying different intensity pastel colors.

Attached a simple example with parallel nodes. With layer mode you can experiment with different composite modes.

 

 

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I'd start with finding the right contrast curve for the footage, pastel stuff is usually low contrast with lifted midtones, and that kind of curve will desat the colors to start with.

 

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Set the curve first as Jussi suggests, then isolate the different colors, gamma lift and hue-swing them towards the color palette of your choice with a combination of hue vs hue and saturation. 

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Hi everyone, 

 

I am also looking for tips on how to get those cinematic pastel tones when editing in DaVinci Resolve.

You were talking to set up the curve correctly, but can anyone give more specific details on that.

My footage is .BRAW shot on Black Magic Pocket 4k 

 

Appreciate any advice 

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Hi Kristine,

I suggest you have a look at the professional color grading techniques here on Lowepost. It goes really deep into how to build contrast curves and manipulate colors. 

 

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