… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Tip #1556: Use Curves to Create Custom Gradients
This technique would also work with gradients of other colors or shapes.
I was messing with curves to create a screen shot for an ad promoting my new Color Techniques for Adobe Premiere Pro training bundle. What I discovered, totally by accident, is that this is also a great way to create custom gradients.
To start, I added a white-to-black gradient to the timeline. I created this in Photoshop; though you could also create it in Premiere.
Then, with the gradient clip selected in the timeline:
- Switch to the Color workspace
- Click the Curves text button
- Select the color curve you want to adjust (Luma, Red, Green or Blue).
- Option-click to create a keyframe in a curve, then drag the keyframe to a new location. As you do, you’ll see the color results reflected in the gradient.
There’s no “right” way to adjust curves. Play with these and see what you can create.