How to Grade color and tone for a nocturnal look
Use Go to File > Import Media to import a clip and an optional doc of the moon; we created ours in Photoshop by filling an elliptical marquee selection with the Render > Clouds filter, then using Filter > Distort > Spherize.
Drag the video clip onto the timeline and click it there to select it. Above the Viewer, click the three overlapping circles icon, then click next to Clip Filter. Put the pointer over Day into Night. It looks gloomy, click Cancel.
To manually grade the clip, click on the color correction icon (an artist’s palette) above the Viewer. On the blue bar, drag the black control left to create a stronger contrast that simulates the harsh light of the moon.
Cool things down
Drag the middle control on the same slider to the left to drop the light levels. The slider to the right controls saturation; drag it left for duller colors. Next along is the temperature slider; drag it left for a blue hue.
Add the moon
Drag the Photoshop doc with your moon graphic into the timeline as a cutaway layer. It will sit on top of and run in parallel with the video layer. By default, the moon has a Ken Burns movement and is likely the wrong size.
Scale and position
Click the Crop tool. Change the style from Ken Burns to Fit to remove movement from the graphic. In the Video Overlay tool (two rectangles), switch from Cutaway to Picture in Picture. Scale and position the moon.
By default, the moon will fade in and then out due to a transition. Set the duration box to 0 seconds to keep the moon visible. Make sure that the “no border” icon is checked or the moon will have a frame around it.
Flatten the layers
To add a Vignette filter effect to our layered project we need to flatten it first. Choose File > Share > File. Name the file “Day to Night flattened,” for example, and set the quality to “Best (ProRes).” Click Next, then Save.
Darken the edges
Remove the items from the timeline, then go to File > Import Media. Import the file you just created and drag it to the timeline. In the Clip Filter tool, click Clip Filter, then double-click Vignette to darken the movie’s edges.