Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Saving presets, part of After Effects Guru: Color Grading Footage.
As you start to create your own overall looks, it's a good idea to consider saving those looks. Now of course you can copy and paste within a document, or across documents, but you might want to save these so they're easier to call up in the future. Let me show you how to save a preset. In this case, I've done a bit of grading to this particular shot. Let me show what's happening. First, I've done an exposure adjustment to recover the shot a bit. And you'll see with that black magic cinema camera lot, that the color is nicely expanded.
And using the exposure adjustment, I've compensated for it being a very bright day. I've applied the Find Edges effect, at a low value. You see there I've mostly blended it with the original. And that's used just to add a bit of a stylized effect to some of my edges. And then I've applied a tint, where I've mapped black to a dark green, and the highlights to a cream. However, instead of going at 100%, I've set that to a much lower value of 20.
This has created an effect that I'm happy with where the colors are a bit muted. But we still have good contrast in the overall image. And what I'd like to do is apply this to another shot from the same scene. In the Effect controls, I can select all of these effects. With that selected, I can go to the Effects and Presets tab and click on the Panel menu. This allows me to choose Save Animation Preset. Now you'll note that by default this gets stored in your User Presets folder, which makes it easy to access.
However, you can store this in any location or give these files to other users as well. Let's call this, Muted Green. And click Save. You'll now notice that when I select the next layer, I can browse in my animation presets. And in my User Presets folder, there is that new effect. With a single drag and drop, all four effects were applied in one instance. This is a great time saver. And it made it easy for me to quickly stylized that footage with the look I was going for.
That gave me a instant result, and allowed me to save time and get consistent results across the scene.
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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