Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a film look, part of After Effects Guru: Color Grading Footage.
A popular category of image-grading adjustments are often generically referred to as a film look. Let me show you how some of the techniques you've learned in this lesson can be applied to an overall enhancement. And to do it, I've taken two very different shots, but I'll apply similar techniques and walk you through the process. To start, let's apply a lookup table. I essentially want to remap the colors in this image, so they become a bit more cinematic.
I'll add the Adjustment layer, and apply a LUT. Now included with Adobe Photoshop, you'll find several different LUTs available. There are also different ones inside of Premier Pro. And I've copied them here for convenience, but you can find them by searching for Cinematic on your hard drive. Let's apply the Cinematic 2 LUT. And you see what a great job that does just remapping the color. I love how the grittiness of the image comes through, and the balance of the blacks to skin tones is just much more dramatic.
Let's preview that. The lookup table there was a quick way to get to a filmic look as a starting point. But there's more to a film look than just a gamma curve. Let's apply this to another layer quickly. I'll copy it, and apply it. But in this case, I'm going to choose a different LUT. I'll try Cinematic 1 for some variety. It looks pretty good. And to finish this out, I'm going to put another adjustment layer in, with some blurring. The fast blur effect, is an effective way to quickly blur the image.
Just make sure you repeat the edge pixel and try something like Soft Light mode for a gentle blend. This does a great job of really popping the saturation and contrast in the image there. And you see it just really finesses that LUT a little bit further into pushing the response. There we go. And I'll copy that back, and paste it over here as well. And I like that. That looks pretty good. Since this image is a bit brighter, I'll adjust the Opacity, and dial that in.
That looks really solid. That's a good starting place, but we need to take it a bit further.
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- Evaluating the shot
- Fixing white balance
- Fixing exposure and tone
- Adjusting color
- Converting to black and white
- Creating a film look
- Adding texture