Resolve’s Hue vs. Luma curve is the least talked about, yet most powerful curve in Resolve.

That’s because it was very tricky getting good results out of this curve, especially for beginners. That is until recently.

In their recent Resolve 14 update, Blackmagic design tweaked the settings of the curve, making it easier than ever to use.

Before we dive into how to use the Hue vs. Luma curve. Let me first explain what this curve does.

Simply, this curve allows you to change the exposure of certain colors in your image. For example, you can chose to change the brightness of red in your image.

Ok, now that you know the purpose of this curve, let’s explain how you can use it.

Go to the custom curves section in Resolve and choose Hue vs. Luma from the drop down menue.

Hue vs. Luma curve DaVinci Resolve

Next, you want to click on the dot that represents the color you want to adjust its exposure. As you can see in the image below, I chose the yellow dot, in order to increase/decrease the luminance of yellow.

Once you click on the yellow dot, 3 points will appear in the curve. Click on the middle point and move it up/down until you reach the desired result.

Hue vs. Luma - Adjusting luminance of certain colors

To demonstrate the effect, take a look at the before and after in the image below.

Before and after adjusting the luminance of yellow

Hope you found this tutorial helpful.

If you’re interested in learning more about curves, check out our blog posts The Amazing Power of Curves and Advanced Color Correction Using Curves

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