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Lesson 11. Applying Video and Audio Filt... > Applying filters in the right order

Applying filters in the right order

When you apply multiple filters to one or more clips, the order in which you apply them can affect the final result. Here, you'll add two more filters to the Stool.mov clip. You'll start by applying the Black & White filter to strip out the original color from the clip, making it look more like an early black-and-white photograph. After that, you'll add the Color Replace filter to change a range of colors.

1.
With Stool.mov still selected in the Timeline, open the Filters dialog box. Then double-click Black & White in the Available list to add it to the Current list.



2.
Click OK to close the Filters dialog box, and then preview the effect of both filters by scrubbing in the Timeline ruler while holding down the Alt key (Windows) or the Option key (Mac OS).

Instead of seeing a brown tint over a black-and-white image, you see only the black-and-white image. This is because the Black & White filter removed all color from the image after the tint was applied. When applying filters, order is important. It's an easy matter to put these filters in the right order.

3.
With Stool.mov still selected, open the Filters dialog box again. In the Current list, make Black & White the first item in the list by dragging Tint below it. Click OK to close the Filters dialog box.



4.
Preview the effect of both filters again by scrubbing in the Timeline ruler while holding down the Alt key (Windows) or the Option key (Mac OS).

This time you see a brown tint over a black-and-white image, which is just what you want. Now you'll add the last filter to this clip, with which you'll change highlights to a color.

5.
With Stool.mov still selected, open the Filters dialog box again. Double-click Color Replace in the Available list to open the Color Replace Settings dialog box.

To establish which color you'll replace, you'll select a color by using the eye dropper tool in the Color Replace Settings dialog box.

6.
Position the pointer in the Clip Sample image so that it turns into an eye dropper icon(). Move the eye dropper over the bright area in the upper left corner and click to capture the color.



7.
Now click the Replace Color swatch, click on a light orange color (we used 255 red, 210 green, and 115 blue) to replace your first color selection, and click OK.

Now you'll set the Similarity slider to indicate the range of colors to be replaced, based on their similarity to the color you selected. This setting determines the smoothness of the transition from original colors to the replaced color.

8.
Using the Similarity slider, set Similarity to about 70, and then click OK to close the Color Replace Settings dialog box. Click OK to close the Filters dialog box.



9.
Preview the cumulative color effects of the filters you just applied by scrubbing in the Timeline ruler while holding down the Alt key (Windows) or the Option key (Mac OS).

10.
Save the project.


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