August 19, 2021

How to Create a Convincing Day to Night Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro

In this series, we go into detail about how to convert your day shot into a night shot using Adobe Premiere Pro. No plugins are necessary. You will learn how to plan your shot, set up lights, color correct for night, masking, compositing, animating mask, keyframe animation, and some brief history behind the blue tint. This tutorial is for beginners to intermediate users, knowledge of basic premier pro tools is needed.

How to Create a Convincing Day to Night Effect in Premiere Pro

Create a convincing Day to Night Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro. Not just to adding a blue tint but creating separation between the actor and the background. And using lighting to enhance the scene.

Understanding the Blue Tint in Night Scenes

Why do we see a blue tint in night scenes? Is it essential for your day to night effect? Understanding why there is a blue tint in the background of night scenes and how it has become a part of our visual IQ. The origin story behind the elusive blue tint.

Filming a Day for Night Scene & Setting Up Lights

Converting your day shot into a night shot is easy if you pay attention to lighting. Here are some tips for the best times to film during the day. And how to set up a light to get a more convincing day to night effect.

Color Correcting Day for Night using Lumetri Color

Part of creating a convincing day to night effect is color correcting your footage. To sell this effect, we need to color correct the background and the actor layer separately.

Blending Layers in Premiere Pro, Create a Convincing Mask

Creating a convincing mask is just as important as lighting and color correction to sell your day to night effect. We need a mask that looks just as convincing and helps blend the actor layer into the background layer.

Animating Masks in Premiere Pro, How to Get it Right

Animating your mask is time consuming but is a key factor in selling your day to night effect. The more time you spend animating your mask, the better the shot will look. Set a little time, show some love, animate that mask.

Layering Masks and Compositing in Premiere Pro

Layering masks is a simple technique that can help polish your day to night effect. In Ghost Searchers, I put in a lot of time and effort to get that mask just right. This tutorial gives you all the information necessary to create a convincing day to night effect. How far you take it is up to you.
If you are having trouble converting your day shot into a night shot. Reach out to me, and I will do my best to help. Thanks for watching.

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