Grade and adjust colour

Business Sectors (Suites): Post Production
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 01 Jan 2017


This Standard is about helping to achieve the envisaged look ensuring the authenticity and balance of the material or creating or enhancing a mood or particular stylised look. This Standard should apply to anyone who is involved with the grading and adjusting colour.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. find a vocabulary that enables clear communication with the


    1. develop ideas that help tell the story visually or solve a visual


    1. agree the look, feel and mood to be achieved throughout the

    production with clients

    1. agree what can be achieved within timescale and budget with

    relevant people

    1. propose and trial alternative adjustments to achieve creative goals

    for scenes, shots or stylised presentation

    1. share ideas with colleagues working on related 2D, 3D and audio

    at appropriate times

    1. compensate for variations in the material to achieve scene to

    scene and shot to shot matching for actors, objects and locations

    1. adjust colour, image sharpness and other textural improvements

    to enhance scenes or shots and fit the required look, feel and


    1. optimise the incorporation of visual effects, avoiding those that

    unnecessarily call attention to themselves

    1. make critical judgements about video quality against expected

    artistic standards

    1. produce colour corrected masters in required data formats

    2. integrate work with the overall agreed post production workflow

    3. maintain security for files and other materials in line with company


Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the effect of colour on an audience's perception and how to

    enhance perception through adjusting it

    1. how to assess video quality to expected artistic standards

    2. how to find out from clients the effect they are trying to achieve

    and offer creative solutions to them

    1. how to identify specific creative goals for scenes and shots or

    stylised presentation

    1. the use of Lookup Tables (LUTs) or agreed colour pipelines in

    achieving consistent artistic requirements across a range of

    deliverables and display technologies

    1. ways in which different recoding media and cameras affect colour

    2. components of colour in film and colour space

    3. how to use various equipment and software to adjust colour,

    image sharpness and other textural enhancements, such as

    digital diffusion and softening

    1. how to recognise the limitations of different source footage and

    how far you can push the colours in post production

    1. format and labeling requirements for different workflows

    2. current viewing standards and current professional, national and

    international standards of delivery and expressions of best

    practice for the range of platforms and content

    1. the capabilities of different hardware and software facilities and

    the techniques for using them

    1. how to identify the cost implications of additional work

    2. where to find information about budget, timescales, deliverables

    and workflow

    1. company systems for storage, back up and security


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





Links To Other NOS

External Links

Version Number


Indicative Review Date

31 Jan 2020





Originating Organisation

Creative skillset

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Post Production Professionals

SOC Code



Post production; Production; Film; Tv; Colour; Grade; Adjust; Balance