Color Grading from Scratch: Technique and Narrative

A course by Cassiana Umetsu , Colorist

Colorist. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined November 2021

Learn to treat the color, contrast, and saturation of audiovisual images with DaVinci Resolve and transmit messages through a coherent aesthetic

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 91% positive reviews (11)
  • 527 students

Learn to treat the color, contrast, and saturation of audiovisual images with DaVinci Resolve and transmit messages through a coherent aesthetic

A course by Cassiana Umetsu

Tones, shades, and nuances are communication tools whether a comedy film or a drama, a horror or adventure series. Cassiana Umetsu specializes in color grading and has worked on productions for production companies such as Netflix, Disney+, and Globo. In this online course, she teaches you the basics necessary to color an audiovisual product, whether for an Instagram video or a cinematographic piece.

Cassiana explains how to improve and give visual coherence to moving images and as well as to tell a story based on colors. Learn digital post-production techniques and tools, such as Davinci Resolve, and understand how to engage with the subject and preserve the director's vision. Get ready to transform audiovisual pieces with the subtlety of colors!

Read more ↓

What will you learn in this online course?

13 lessons & 12 downloads

6 minutes, 12 seconds
Searching the Footage
8 minutes, 17 seconds
7 minutes, 19 seconds
Color Correction: The Theory
7 minutes, 24 seconds
Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 91% positive reviews (11)
  • 527 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 32m)
  • 12 additional resources (0 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Color grade a sequence of clips of your choice.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To any and every audiovisual post-production enthusiast.

Requirements and materials

To take the course, you need prior knowledge of some image editing software, in addition to the program installed on your computer. Cassiana uses DaVinci Resolve during the course, but you can opt for another software.


527 Students
11 Reviews
91% Positive ratings
  • More reviews

Cassiana Umetsu

A course by Cassiana Umetsu

Teacher Plus

As an audiovisual post-production professional and colorist, Cassiana Umetsu translates subjective ideas into a coherent aesthetic based on colors, contrasts, and nuances. With a degree in cinema from Brasília and qualifications from studies in New York, she has worked on projects for Netflix, Amazon Studios, Disney+, O2, Globo, and Vector Zero. She has also acted in music videos for artists such as Anitta and Letrux as well as in advertising campaigns for brands such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and Volkswagen.

In addition, Cassiana has collaborated with her unique sensitivity and technique in the post-production of films recognized by critics, including the short film Seiva Bruta, which was preselected for the 2022 Oscars, and the feature film Babenco, awarded at the Venice Film Festival. Other works that have marked her career are Música para morrer de amor, Medus, O ponto firme, A Batalha de Shangri-lá, and Abestalhados 2.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Introduction to Color Grading

    • A Brief History of the Colorist in Cinema
    • Software and Its Different Applications
    • Equipment
    • Searching the Footage
  • U3

    Coloring the Film

    • Conforming
    • Color Correction: The Theory
    • Color Correction: The Practice
    • Color Grading: The Theory
    • Color Grading: The Practice
  • U4

    The Export

    • Formats and Codecs
    • Do the Export
  • FP

    Final project

    • Color Grading from Scratch: Technique and Narrative

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates

    If you're a Plus member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

  • Watch professionally produced courses

    Domestika curates its teacher roster and produces every course in-house to ensure a high-quality online learning experience.


Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

You can redeem the course you received by accessing the redeeming page and entering your gift code.

If you're a Plus member, when you complete a course you've purchased, you'll instantly get your personalized certificate. You can see all your certificates in the Certificates section of your profile. You can download your certificates as PDFs and share the link online. Learn more about certificates.
Color Grading from Scratch: Technique and Narrative. Photography, and Video course by Cassiana Umetsu

Color Grading from Scratch: Technique and Narrative

A course by Cassiana Umetsu
Colorist. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined November 2021
  • 91% positive reviews (11)
  • 527 students