Premiere-Pro • How-To How to Replace Colors in Adobe Premiere Pro

Animate the color of an object in a video.

Changing the color of an object throughout a video can add a touch of artistry to your project. See how Kendall Plant and Stefan Gruenwedel animate color with a simple effect in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Square image includes headshot of Kendall Plant on the left and Stefan Gruenwedel on the right

Kendall Plant and Stefan Gruenwedel work on the Adobe Studio team. Plant is a designer, art director, and content creator. Gruenwedel is an editor who focuses on instructional digital video content.

Freeze frame of a young woman with a purple jacket doing a hip hop dance with the Adobe Premiere Pro icon in the lower left

Take a one-minute look at their technique; the steps are written out below.

Before You Start

Plant and Gruenwedel provided their Adobe Stock video clip so you could practice applying this technique yourself. Notice that the color we’re interested in appears in a focused area of the shot rather than in multiple places. The video also shows good contrast and color saturation, making it ideal for this effect. Start a new project in Premiere Pro, import the clip (File > Import), and drag it to the timeline.

Step 1: Apply the Effect

Open the Effects panel (Shift+7), enter change to color in the search field, and drag the Change to Color effect to the clip.

Premiere Pro Effects panel on the left has Change to Color highlighted, timeline on right shows effect applied to video clip

Step 2: Select a Base Color

Open the Effect Controls panel (Shift+5). In the Change to Color section, use the From eyedropper to sample the color you want to replace. The color changes to red by default.

Effects Control panel with Change to Color properties shows a callout around the From color eyedropper tool

Step 3: Refine the Color Selection

Make slight adjustments to the Tolerance (Hue) settings and Softness to fine-tune your color selection.

Change to Color properties shows Hue is set to 15% and Softness is set to 60%

Step 4: Pick a New Color

Click the To color chip and choose a new target color. With the playhead at the start of the clip, click the stopwatch next to To. This creates a starting animation keyframe.

Change to Color properties shows a callout around the To color eyedropper tool, jacket is now yellow

Step 5: Animate the Color

Advance the playhead and pick another To color to set a new keyframe. Continue moving the playhead and setting a new color at various intervals to animate the color flow throughout the shot. Press the spacebar to preview the final effect.

Timeline shows 6 keyframes for the To color property, the playhead is on the 3rd keyframe, the dancer’s jacket is fuchsia

Create a Moving Spectrum

Match coloration changes to a beat to add dynamic style to your videos.

Short video clip shows jacket cycling through yellow, orange, pink, red, and purple as the woman dances

Note: Project files included with this tutorial are for practice purposes only.

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