Adobe Premiere Pro Video Editing Software

How to create an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro [Simple]

Using an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro is incredibly useful and effective. They’re used for many reasons, but they speed up your editing workflow and help you streamline the process.

They can be used to tweak one simple setting across multiple clips. Think if you have 15 clips and you have to edit one thing individually, it will take hours. By using an adjustment layer, it takes no time. This will significantly improve your editing workflow in Premiere Pro and allow you to be a much more efficient video editor. 

In this article, we explore what adjustment layers are in Premiere pro, why you should use them and how to create adjustment layers in Premiere Pro.

What are adjustment layers in Premiere Pro?

Adjustment layers in Premiere Pro are pretty simple. They are the layers that you place above a chosen amount of clips in your Timeline. 

You then use these “Layers” to adjust anything from the colour to effects in Premiere Pro. Depending on which clips you have added an adjustment layer to, you will update based on the adjustment layers preferences. 

If you do nothing to the adjustment layers in Premiere Pro, they will add nor take away anything from your current video footage. 

They are there to help you make bulk changes, for instance, the colour grading of your project. If you have to make all these changes to each of the individual clips, it will cost you a lot of time and energy updating each one individually. 

That’s why adjustment layers in Premiere Pro are incredibly useful!

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Why should I use an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro? 

There are many reasons to use adjustment layers in Premiere Pro; one of the most common is to colour correct a certain section of the video or even the full film. 

Adjustment layers come in handy when colour grading and colour correcting your footage. It’s an incredibly useful tool, as you only need to make changes to the footage once as you use the Adjustment Layer in Premiere Pro to make that change.

Rather than altering each clip one by one which will add a huge amount of unnecessary editing time to your project. 

However, colour correction may be common use for adjustment layers in Premiere Pro. You can use adjustment layers for absolutely anything in Premiere Pro; all the different effects can be applied using an adjustment layer, a slight crop to the video – always use an adjustment layer; if not, it will take copious amounts of time to edit each clip – especially if there is fine detail to adhere too.

What is the difference between colour grading and colour correction?

How to create an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro

Creating an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro is the same as adding, but we thought we’d split the process into two. 

Create an adjustment layer

To create your adjustment layer in Premiere Pro, simply navigate to File > New > Adjustment Layer. Ensure that you have the Project browser selected – if not, this may cause the Adjustment Layer option to be greyed out. 

 Another way to do this is to select the New Item Icon at the bottom right of the Project Panel and then hit Adjustment Layer

The settings will automatically be the same as your sequence settings – then select OK.

Finally, rename your new Adjustment Layer. To do this, go to the Project Panel and right-click on the new Adjustment Layer > Rename.

Name this something specific and save it.

How to add an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro

Now you’ve created your adjustment layer; it’s now time to add it to your clip. To add your Adjustment Layer simply: 

  • Go to your Project Panel and select Adjustment Layer.
  • Drag it onto your Timeline, and drop it above any clip you wish to add the effects to.
  • Drag the start and end of the Adjustment Layer to ensure it covers the area you wish to apply it to.
New Item > Adjustment Layer

There you have it; that is how you add an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro.

We hope this article on how to create adjustment layers in Premiere Pro was useful to you. Let us know your thoughts down below in the comments; we love to hear from you. 

Scroll down a little further for some more useful Premiere Pro resources and blogs. 

Happy editing!

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