Simulating Bleach Bypass in Adobe Premiere

If you would like to add a cool bleach bypass effect to video footage, you will be pleased to know that Adobe Premiere can accomplish the task in a few easy to follow steps. So, this handy how-guide will show you everything you need to know to simulate a bleach bypass effect on video footage in Adobe Premiere.

What You Will Need

  • A computer with Adobe Premiere installed
  • A video file to edit

Step 1: Import Your Video File into the Source Monitor Window

First, you'll need to bring your clip into the source monitor window as you normally would when you import clips and sequences. Once you have double clicked on your clip in the project window to send it to the source monitor window, make sure that you click on the active clip to make sure that it is selected.

Step 2: Make Color Adjustments

The first step in creating your bleach bypass effect for your clip is to choose a color correction three-way filter. So, go to 'Effects' on the menu bar and then choose 'Video Filters | Color Correction', and then finally select the 'Color Corrector Three-Way Filter'.

Step 3: Duplicate the Clip

Duplicate the clip and create a second track within the same clip. You can do this by option clicking and dragging the clip upwards to create a new track. This will create a new track of the same clip with the three-way color corrector filter already applied.

Step 4: Open the Duplicate Track in the Viewer

Double-click on the newly created track in the clip so that it will open in the viewer.

Step 5: Make Color Correction Adjustments in Track Two of the Clip

Click on the color corrector tab for the second track in the clip. Then, adjust the saturation level of the track so that it is all the way to its lowest setting. This will create a black-and-white image in the viewer. However, you will fix that in just a minute.

Step 6: Create an Overlay for the Second Track

Next, right-click on the second track in the clip and then scroll down to 'Composite Mode' and then choose the 'Overlay' option. This will cause a lot of contrast in the image, and the image in your viewer may appear to be too dark at this point. However, this is only your starting point.

Step 7: Adjust the Color Settings in Track One

Double-click on track one of the clip in your timeline so that you can access the color correction properties for that track. Then, lower the saturation of the track until it starts to begin to display the bleach bypass effect you want to achieve. Then, raise the black color settings of the track until the detail level pleases you. If you wish, you can also tweak the mids and whites of the color correction settings until you are pleased with the image.

Step 8: Adjust Settings as Needed

By now, you should have a bleach bypass effect for your image in the viewer. However, you can go back and forth between the tracks to tweak the settings until you achieve the result you want.

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