We got a look at what Adobe was doing in the app world a few months ago, and one of the apps that was incredibly intriguing was Project Candy, an app that would look at real world colors and allow you to create “looks” based on them and easily color grade footage. Today that app became reality, and it’s finished name is Adobe Hue. It does basically what we were told it would, and after using it myself I have only one thing to say: It’s fantastic. In fact, it’s flawless.

Due to issues regarding release time and respect for embargoes, this post has been updated with additional information after the original publication time.

I think part of the reason I am so impressed with Adobe Hue is that my expectations for the app were so low. I have huge expectations for the Lumetri Color Panel and Morph Cut, so those features have a lot to live up to when they finally become public. But with Candy, now officially called Hue, I really just sort of knew it existed, but I went into it about how I went into Pirates of the Caribbean 3: meh, ok. But man, Hue is basically now my favorite app out of all Adobe’s iOS offerings. It’s so fantastic, and it’s integration with Premiere is so clean, I’m over-the-top impressed (which should be somewhat obvious now).

So how does it work? Basically, you take a photo of anything in your environment. Literally anything. While you’re searching around, the app actively shows you the colors it detects in that environment and pulls them out into floating orbs.

 

Adobe Hue

 

Once you actually decide on a “look,” the orbs stop adjusting and you are given a set of colors that were visible in that photo. You can then move through the orbs, select a specific color and see how it affects a scene which is provided in the app.

 

Adobe Hue

 

That slider at the bottom? It allows you to adjust the intensity of that particular color and how it would look. What you decide doesn’t affect what you can do with the color in Premiere, it’s just there to show you what you can expect out of the spectrum. Once you’re satisfied with the colors you can pick from, you save it and it appears in your Hue Library:

 

Adobe Hue

That Library is then synced with all your CC programs, so you can access these “looks” from your desktop apps. And you know what? They work really, really well. For anyone who has done color grading, you understand how difficult it can be to nail a specific look. For those of you who have tried color grading and never have gotten good at it, you understand even more why this is such a big deal. Now whatever your eyes can see can become a look, and that is spectacular.

The “looks” you take are filed in your Library, which appears in the “Color” panel. You can get to the Color panel by clicking Window -> Workspaces -> Color.

Adobe Hue in Premiere Pro CC 2015

 

Once the color panel is open, your Libraries are front and center. In that Library, you’ll see all the “looks” you captured in Hue. You can then simply drag and drop those looks onto Adjustment Layers or directly onto clips.

Adobe Libraries in Premeire Pro 2015

 

The only real problem I see with this whole interface is that you don’t get EVERY color that Hue captured in a single scene at your fingertips in Premiere Pro. The color that you select inside of Hue and save as the look is the one that comes over in the Library. All the colors (which are the little floating orbs) are still available in Hue and you can change which one is active at any given time and it takes only a few seconds to make that adjustment in Premiere, it’s just a bit annoying. I wish I could see all the colors inside of the Library in Premiere rather than have to change them on my phone.

The colors you get  look really close to what you saw in person, but because Hue basically “summarizes” the colors into orbs that are only active one at a time, you won’t get the exact look of that sunset, for example, that you saw. You’ll get an excellent starting point that gets you more than 75% of the way there, but you still might need to adjust things slightly in the Lumetri Color panel, which is another new feature in Premiere.

Pros:

  • A mobile app that actually makes sense only on mobile
  • Intuitive, fun interface
  • Detailed control over what colors you want a scene to represent
  • Links with Libraries in Premiere quickly, giving you access to color profiles nearly instantly

Cons:

  • You don’t have access to all colors from a given photo taken in Hue in Premiere. You have to adjust everything on the phone before bringing the filters into a project.
  • Colors are very close to recreating a scene, but not perfect. But close is more than good enough in this case.

The app is fast, responsive and the way it communicates with the CC universe is brilliant. It is a great mobile app because it is specifically something one could only do on mobile. For me, I like apps that add to an ecosystem rather than try and overextend it. It’s why I love Hue and have never opened Adobe Mix. I’m going to be using Hue constantly, and that’s a testament to an app that is built for a system we carry around with us every day. Well done Adobe, you’ve finally nailed a mobile app and I couldn’t be more excited. 

We give Adobe Hue 5 out of 5 stars for being an app that just makes sense on mobile and works incredibly well with a desktop application. It’s a true extension of the workspace, rather than an overreaching attempt to bring a full-featured application to a mobile device. Though not fully flawless, Adobe Hue comes close enough to garner a top score. 

  • So what do you get in Premiere? You mention “Looks” so how do they appear, and how well do they grade a video to match a cool image you took or found with your phone?

    • Due to embargo limitations, this post has been updated to reflect what we could not state at the time of publication.