Color grading effects are for giving your project a unique visual style.

See also Color correction.

Bleach bypass

Simulates the harsh, high contrast look of bleach bypass film processing. Often used for war movies.

bleach bypass

Classic cine style

This effect is all about recreating retro film looks. It includes several presets and can also be fully customized. Here's an example of a preset recreating the look from 1950 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes:

classic cine style

Basic contrast is controlled with the built-in s-curve adjustment and exposure and saturation can be easily adjusted.

The film grain effect is integrated into classic cine style, applying a range of procedural grains based on 8mm, 16mm and 32mm film stocks.

The red, green and blue channels can be adjusted individually and letterbox and vignette controls are also included.

Color cycle

Color cycle loops the color palette. It includes numerous presets for quickly generating specific looks, such as this hue cycle:

color cycle

The input phase is used to determine which channel from the source is used to map through the color cycle.

Adjusting the phase shift will cause the colors to cycle. Each color can be adjusted individually, including adjusting its alpha transparency. This can therefore be used to generate mattes based on specific color ranges.

Color map

The color map effect can be used to apply a color range from one layer to another layer. This is most commonly used with a color gradient.

In the following example this color gradient is used:

color map gradient

The image below shows the result of using the color map effect with the color gradient above.

The top image is the original, ungraded shot. The middle image shows the full effect of the color map, with the original colors mapped to the new blue gradient. The bottom image shows the color mapped version blended back onto the original to create an appealing color grade.

color map example

In the color map properties you first need to select the color map source. This can be any other layer on your timeline.

The X axis and Y axis property groups define how the color map source is mapped onto the layer.

In the above example, using the luminance channel for the X axis results in the gradient's colors being sampled from right to left, starting with the brightest end of the gradient. The Y axis in this case has no effect as the colors in the gradient are uniform from top to bottom.

Color phase

Each color channel can be phased, shifting it to a different color range.

Color vibrance

This effect is ideal for adding color to greyscale, procedural effects such as particles and textures.

Here's a grayscale planet created using a combination of fractal noise and sphere effects inside HitFilm:

color vibrance before

Here's the same shot with color vibrance applied:

color vibrance after

Color vibrance is particularly effective at retaining detail in bright areas without creating excessive bloom.

The strength of the vibrancy and the luminance preservation can be adjusted, as can the color and phasing of the effect.

Day for night

A quick way to convert a shot filmed in the day to having the appearance of being filmed at night.

Applies a gradient based on the Horizon property, with separate controls for the near and far areas.

Day for night

Duo tone

Creates a two tone look based on two specified colors.

duo tone

Threshold is used to adjust the location color split in the image's brightness scale, while softness is used to adjust the overall contrast.

Grading transfer

Matches the look of a layer to another layer. This is a quick way to grade based on an existing source.

The transferred grade can then be further customized, either globally or specific to the shadows, mid-tones and highlights.

Brightness shift affects how much of the source's brightness is transferred, while chrominance shift affects how much of the source's color is transferred.

Hue colorize

Applies a new hue to the layer,.

hue colorize

Hue shift

Moves the entire color spectrum of the layer through different hues.

hue shift


Inverts the colors.



LUT files are used to transform color values, which helps to ensure accurate color correction across multiple software and hardware setups. The LUT effect can import .cube LUT files.

LUT also provides a powerful way to provide a one-click grade, simulating specific film stocks and processing techniques. Applying a LUT to flat footage can produce high quality results very quickly.

Take a look at this comparison:


On the left is the original footage, which was purposely shot to be 'flat', providing a neutral starting point for the grade.

The middle image is using a LUT designed to mimic the look of KODACHROME film. The only additional alteration I've made is to slightly reduce the saturation. In about 10 seconds I went from a basic flat look to a highly dramatic and filmic grade. Find out more about KODACHROME and grab the LUT here.

The image on the right is using a Kodak 2393 emulation LUT, Again, I'm achieving a good film look with literally a couple of clicks, and note how different this look is to the KODACHROME. You can download several film emulation LUTs and find some great behind-the-scenes info here.

Shadows & highlights

Provides fine control over the contrast and sharpness of a layer.

Shadows highlights

Three strip color

Simulates the three strip color film process commonly used in the early days of color film, resulting in richer, deeper colors.

3 strip

Two strip color

Simulates the two strip color film process. More information on the process can be found in this article on Wikipedia.


Adds pop to your image, emphasizing edge detail by increasing local contrast.



Adds a colored overlay to the edges of the layer. You can customize the color, shape and softness of the vignette.


Vignette exposure

This alternate vignette effect adjusts the exposure of the edges of the frame, instead of applying an overlay. This can produce a subtler and more natural vignetting result.

The vignette can also be pushed brighter, which creates a halo effect or can be used to reduce the effects of unwanted vignetting in the source footage.