Learn how to use lookup tables (LUTs) and gradient maps to color correct and style images and video in programs such as Photoshop and Lightroom.
- Hi, my name is Rich Harrington, and I'd like to welcome you to this course where we're gonna explore how to use LUTs and lookup tables as well as gradient maps. Those may sound a bit technical, but essentially what's gonna happen here is I'm gonna show you a whole new way to think about color-grading your images, that is, adding style or look. This is a very easy technique to implement, and if you're willing to go a bit deeper, you'll learn new ways to actually think about color correction and stylization, as well as how to encapsulate some of the looks that you come up with inside of tools like Photoshop and apply them to images consistently and easily.
We're also gonna explore how to use Photoshop's gradient map command, which takes a gradient and applies its colors based upon the luminosity of the image. This is essentially a tint or a duotone, but because it's not limited to just one color, it's enormously powerful, in fact, this is a great way to simulate traditional photographic styles or over-the-top type images that you can create within just seconds. I'll show you how to create your own gradient maps as well as use the built-in ones to get great looking results fast and easy.
We'll also explore the use of blending modes and other adjustment layers that will impact how your lookup tables and gradient maps are applied. This is gonna make these effects much more flexible and give you even more control over creating a look or style for your photographs. Right now this is a workflow that works best inside of Adobe Photoshop, but there are ways to make it work with Lightroom, and I'll show you both techniques. I do suspect as we go forward, however, that this will be the type of workflow that expands because it allows you to collaborate between applications, which is what the creative cloud is all about.
In this course, Rich Harrington demystifies lookup tables (LUTs) and shows how to use them with Photoshop, Lightroom, and other Adobe CC applications. He also shows how to use gradient maps—where tints are based on the luminance values in the image—to add creative color and noise to images, and how to organize, store, and share these assets with other Creative Cloud programs and other photo and video professionals.
- Understanding the role of LUTS
- Working with LUTs and Looks in Premiere Pro
- Creating custom LUTs
- Cross-application workflows
- Managing your LUT library and presets