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Using Adobe SpeedGrade CC, powerful professional color correction and color grading is available to anyone with a Creative Cloud membership. In this course, professional colorist Patrick Inhofer offers a project-based learning experience to get you familiar with the SpeedGrade tools. You'll work three different types of projects through the color correction and grading process, which includes getting projects and footage into SpeedGrade, color correcting and grading shots, and then rendering and outputting shots. Each step of the process is rich with lessons and anecdotes that are applicable to real-world color grading scenarios that editors, producers, and other creatives will face.
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In this movie we are going to take a look at some additional tools that SpeedGrade CC provides when it comes to creating looks for your images. We are going to start with the exercise files 09 02 lookpresets and this is the Christ Jane music video. I have already done my primary color correction on here. I've done some secondary work on here and I've also done some shot matching. So, we're now going to take a look at creating a bit of a look on some of these shots, not all of them. In fact, what we're going to do is we're going to come up to this second shot and third shot and we're going to try to create a look for these two shots.
What I'm going to do is add a new grading clip. I don't want to get rid of some of this initial work that I've done down here. Especially because I've got it matching across several other shots, so if I don't get rid of that work and I apply it on this grading clip on a separate track. That ensures that I can then apply it to subsequent shots and have them all match together. Now, SpeedGrade CC ships with a bunch of stock looks that you can use. These are different than the look layers, which are found under the Plus tab here. To get to these preset looks I'm going to press Cmd+L to expose my Look Management panel.
And if you remember from previous movies. This is where we created our own folders to save off our looks and reuse our looks on separate shots. Well, in addition to our own Look folders, SpeedGrade CC ships with several of its own. And we'll start with the first folder here, Look ExamplesCinematic. Now, what happens when I turn on, when I click on one of these? So, I'ma click on Sepia and you could see that it loaded up on top of this shot three different grading layers here in this grading clip.
Alright . It's got a primary adjustment that it did it applied a Look layer, this effects sepia tone and then it applied a LUT on top of that. I can turn these on and off individually to see what kind of effect each of these are doing. But, the thing is, it hasn't actually applied the look to my shot quite yet, it's still in Preview mode. If I were to click on this button here to hide this window down to just one row for kind of an express look at all of these shots.
You can see that it still says Preview so it hasn't accepted this yet. If I want to back out of this look I can just press the Delete key. And it's back to wherever it was, in this case there's nothing going on. It's just the initial layer stack there. Then I can go through and I can select, you know, bleach bypass and I can also cycle through these by pressing Option+Right+Left arrows. Or in a PC Alt+Right+Left arrow. So, I go Option+Right and I'm just bouncing through each of these, all of them being previewed, none of them being accepted yet.
Maybe I kind of like this bleach bypass. If I want to take this second bleach bypass here, I just hit the Return key on my keyboard, and now it's accepted that and it's part of its grading stack. So, I can move away from it and come back to it and there it is. I've got this look applied to this shot. Now, this is the cinematic set of presets. There's always desaturation, so maybe I want to go more with a black and white look. And so I can click through these to find the right kind of desat or black and white look that I might want.
There are film stack look so if, you know, you want to emulate a certain kind of film stack they have build some presets in here that try to get you there. And I press this Arrow key to get to the next set of tab and that's look example. So, they have got this more stylistic look you know sixties, dreams, seven days. And I think what I am going to go for is I think I am probably going to come book to this desaturation look and I am going to go back to this black and white yellow I think.
Yeah, I going to like how that look I am going to do little bit more work on it so I am going to press Enter. And then in this primary tab I'm going to take a look and see what it's doing. It's doing some contrast adjustments here. And then in the second primary layer is where the desaturation is happening. And I think what I'm going to do is Cmd+L, and then Cmd+L again to hide that. I'm going to come into my mid tones and on this initial primary layer, I'll come into the mid tones, kick up a mid tone highlight a little bit. Maybe drop down the mid tone offset a touch, while again lifting up the mid tone gamma.
Maybe I'll go with that. And maybe I'll extend this, I'll see how this looks extended over her. And then on the wides and the mediums maybe we go back to that look. And then I can save this off just like we did on these other looks. So, my looks that I saved off on the Christ Jane, I can come down here save this off as my own preset call this alt BW look, my alternative black and white look.
And then decide on what shots I want to apply this come back down and as we did in an earlier movie. Now, just apply this black and white look and now these are starting to match together. So, as you can see these looks are nothing more than the looks that you save off, but they're just presets that you build upon, you can start with, you can get some ideas off of them. You can deconstruct them to see how they went about constructing some of their grades. And so as well as being a source of inspiration as well as being a source of actual looks you can use, it's also a source of education.
So, you can break these things down and understand how, the SpeedGrade team goes about constructing looks as well.
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