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Creating custom color presets

From: After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics

Video: Creating custom color presets

I found that usually whenever I color correct one piece of video footage, I'll end up having to add the same correction to all the other pieces from that same shoot. And while sure, that makes sense, it doesn't make the process any less annoying. And that's really where saving your corrections as presets can come in and save the day. But as a designer, saving color presets is yet another way you can expand your graphics toolkit to again avoid having to always start from scratch every time you want to create a specific color look. If you've never seen a Color Finesse before, stop! Go back and watch the previous video in this chapter.

Creating custom color presets

I found that usually whenever I color correct one piece of video footage, I'll end up having to add the same correction to all the other pieces from that same shoot. And while sure, that makes sense, it doesn't make the process any less annoying. And that's really where saving your corrections as presets can come in and save the day. But as a designer, saving color presets is yet another way you can expand your graphics toolkit to again avoid having to always start from scratch every time you want to create a specific color look. If you've never seen a Color Finesse before, stop! Go back and watch the previous video in this chapter.

But for now, let's go ahead and apply some adjustments in Color Finesse, and I'll show you how we can save that as a preset to add to any of our projects in the future. Before we get started, let's actually look at what's going on in the scene. I'm just going to scrub through the scene to give you a general idea. As you can see, we have our Falls footage, and then I have this King Wave Kayaks logo that appears in the scene. Now most of the time when I apply color correction directly to footage, I do just that, apply it directly to the footage. But since this actually has somewhat of a graphic build on top of it, what I like to do is create an adjustment layer.

So that layer will contain the adjustment, and I can choose exactly what part of the graphics I'd like to actually layer the effect on. So to show you, let's go up under layer choose New and Adjustment layer. With Adjustment layer 1 selected, press Return on your keyboard, and let's just call this ColorCorrect. Now we're ready to actually apply the effect. So go up under Effect and under Synthetic Aperture, launch SA Color Finesse 3.

And let's just open the Full Interface. So make sure to click the Full Interface button in your Effects Control palette. To quickly make an adjustment, let's jump right to the Gallery. So in the Gallery section, make sure your Settings Preset for the system is open and let's look at the Gels. Under the Gels, I want you to look at this Rosco Cinelux folder. In here if we click on each one of these different options, you can see a slightly different tint to the footage, and what I want to do is apply this Straw effect.

So to apply any preset, all you have to do is just double-click. I think that looks kind of cool as far as mixing the graphic in with the background, but what I want to do is create a slightly more vintage look. So let's wash out this background. If this isn't already selected in your window, go to Curves and select RGB. In the RGB section, you'll notice when we applied that effect there were adjustments made in the red, green, and blue channels. In order to washout this scene, go ahead and click on this handle in the lower- left corner for your master levels, and just drag it up to the left.

So now, I've kind of applied a slightly more vintage look to the scene. Now obviously, I could sit here all day and continue applying different effects and looks and that sort of thing, but let's just say this is exactly what I want and I want to be able to do this to any footage that I bring into any future projects. So what we need to do is actually save this as its own preset. So the easiest way to save a preset is to come right down here to the lower-left corner and click the Save button. What's going to happen? It will give me the option to save the corrections as a specific setting.

So by default, it will save it as untitled preset. So let's rename this Vintage and I'll just put _01. You can save it to whatever folder you're actually building your little graphic library in. I'm going to go ahead and save mine to my AE-Projects folder for Chapter 6. So, Vintage_01 in my AE- Projects folder for Chapter 6. Let's go ahead and save that. With the effect saved as a preset, we can go ahead and click OK, and you can see that the adjustment has been applied to this adjustment layer.

So we'll get to loading a preset in just one second. I want to show you why I created these color effects specifically on an adjustment layer. It just gives me the flexibility to choose exactly which layers are going to be affected and which ones aren't. So to see the color correction actually happen on the footage and not affect the color of the logo, go ahead and drag it down to the bottom of the scene. And now you can see our logo is popping right off to the background, but honestly, it doesn't really look that integrated.

I think I'll go ahead had move that back up to the top of the page, but to show you how to apply a preset, let's go ahead and just delete our Color Finesse effect. Just select it in your Effects controls and press Delete. If you want to apply a preset to any future projects, go ahead and make a new adjustment layer. Go up under Effects and reapply your Color Finesse filter, and then in here all you have to do is click this Load Preset button.

With the Load Preset button selected, I can go ahead and choose my AE-Projects folder, and sure enough, here is my settings file. So when I click Load, it will automatically load that back up onto its new specific adjustment layer that I just created. While saving color presets isn't particularly hard, remember that most of the time, even after you've applied your preset, you'll want to skim through your footage just to double-check that the effect is doing what you intended it to do.

Because obviously, when you apply a preset to different footage, if it was shot for a different day and had different color settings, the presets don't particularly account for each of those different variables. So make sure to just double-check after you apply any of your presets, but by all means, have fun continuing to build your motion graphics toolkit.

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After Effects: Principles of Motion Graphics

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  1. 3m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
    3. Defining motion graphics
      1m 32s
  2. 11m 11s
    1. Workflow for creating motion graphics
      5m 7s
    2. Organizing projects for motion graphics
      4m 25s
    3. Defining a motion graphics "package"
      1m 39s
  3. 12m 58s
    1. Collecting visual inspiration
      2m 14s
    2. Listening to imagine
      3m 20s
    3. Creating elements for inspiration
      7m 24s
  4. 33m 4s
    1. Essential theories of typography
      6m 34s
    2. Understanding shortcuts for setting type in AE
      7m 27s
    3. Converting type from Photoshop
      5m 51s
    4. Importing type from illustrator
      9m 44s
    5. Creating shapes from text
      3m 28s
  5. 36m 30s
    1. Understanding the role of timing in motion graphics
      8m 1s
    2. Creating and using markers
      7m 58s
    3. Creating animation with markers
      5m 16s
    4. Using audio to create animated graphics
      5m 47s
    5. Editing techniques for graphics and video
      9m 28s
  6. 49m 27s
    1. Understanding different kinds of type in After Effects
      15m 53s
    2. Using animators with type
      7m 59s
    3. Using type presets
      7m 35s
    4. Creating custom type presets
      4m 35s
    5. Animating paragraph type
      13m 25s
  7. 45m 51s
    1. Exploring the use of color in motion graphics
      10m 40s
    2. Creating and using color palettes
      13m 45s
    3. Exploring color correction tools in AE
      6m 46s
    4. Advanced correction with Color Finesse
      8m 30s
    5. Creating custom color presets
      6m 10s
  8. 59m 6s
    1. Exploring textures in motion graphics
      8m 30s
    2. Building an animated background texture
      16m 48s
    3. Creating textures for type
      10m 19s
    4. Animating seamless textures
      15m 1s
    5. Creating custom vignettes
      8m 28s
  9. 38m 25s
    1. Understanding lighting in After Effects
      12m 57s
    2. Intro to lighting techniques
      5m 17s
    3. Using material settings to enhance lighting
      7m 36s
    4. Adding polish to a light setup
      12m 35s
  10. 50m 32s
    1. Animating swoops and swooshes
      12m 37s
    2. Creating repeating light trails with the Vegas effect
      6m 28s
    3. Repeating patterns with shape layers
      8m 11s
    4. Exploring graphic transitions
      10m 37s
    5. Exploring video transitions
      5m 16s
    6. Adding dynamic elements to a video transition
      7m 23s
  11. 22m 23s
    1. Working in 3D
      8m 36s
    2. Rigging cameras for animation
      8m 45s
    3. Working with depth of field
      5m 2s
  12. 50m 54s
    1. Creating storyboards in After Effects
      10m 20s
    2. Creating an animatic
      18m 14s
    3. Polishing the animation and timing
      8m 45s
    4. Applying the final effects
      13m 35s
  13. 47m 53s
    1. Preparing a map for animation
      7m 59s
    2. Animating and styling a map
      8m 24s
    3. Designing a lower-third graphic
      8m 22s
    4. Adding animation to the lower-third graphic
      9m 10s
    5. Creating bumper animations
      13m 58s
  14. 14m 17s
    1. Defining the toolkit
      2m 2s
    2. Preparing templates
      7m 12s
    3. Creating a style guide
      5m 3s
  15. 1m 3s
    1. Next Steps
      1m 3s

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