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One of my favorite things about post-production is being able to change the story through the use of color. So, let's have a look at how we could make this a good office day and a bad office day, just through changing some color corrections. I've already applied an instance of looks, so let's open the looks builder. We all love work, right? Don't we? So, in this particular case, you could exaggerate how much you love work by adding a little bit of diffusion into the scene. And then, add some saturation. Let's choose the Saturation tool from the Post section and boost the Saturation. Here you go.
Here's your first day at work. Before and after. As we know, things don't go quite according to plan. So let's reset this look and let's see what happens after you've had a little too much time at work. And in order to make this office seem more like a prison, we could apply some desaturation and just move the colors towards a cold environment, so that we're representing a cool emotion. So let's grab a hue in the Saturation tool and slightly desaturate the colors here.
Then, I'm going to choose a three-way color corrector, position that after the hue and saturation, and move the lighting towards a little more blue lighting. (SOUND) This is already (SOUND) a negative feel about this space. Increasing the shadow depth, so deepening the shadows also increases the contrast. So it's a little more visually striking because there is a wider distance between the darkest and the lightest pixels. And to exaggerate this even more, let's add a vignette to make this the office from hell.
There we go. This is how it might look (LAUGH) in the morning, but by evening, you've probably had enough of work. Joking aside though, it is important to reflect what your protagonist is going through with the colors in this scene. In general, darker shadows and brighter highlights increase the contrast and cause a greater tension, whereas slightly saturated colors and warmer lighting can make their environment seem much more appealing.
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