When you are working inside of Adobe Premiere Pro, it is easy to switch to Adobe Photoshop to create color recipes with lookup tables (or LUTs). How do you create a LUT in Photoshop? In this movie, author Richard Harrington walks you through how to create a LUT in Photoshop that can be used in Premiere Pro.
- If you're working inside of Premiere Pro, it's also very easy to switch to Photoshop to create color recipes. Let me show you how. I'm going to park this on a frame and let's take a look at just the bottom most layer. What I can do is click the camera icon here to export a still. I'll choose to export an individual frame. I suggest you choose to save this off as a TIF file.
Now, browse and locate where you'd like to store this. I'm going to go into my sources here and choose Photoshop file, let's select the folder. It's automatically taken on the name of the individual clip that was selected. I can also choose to import this into my project and when I click OK, the still is added right into my Premiere Pro project. I'll right click and choose edit in Adobe Photoshop, and it opens up that still.
This is a background layer, so now we can use any of our adjustment layers here in Photoshop. Option of clicking on the word auto to fix the per channel contrast and snap midtones, tossing on options like black and white adjustment layer, and using the on image tool here to mix a custom recipe, using blending modes. Again, don't worry about following along exactly, just realize that you can experiment. Combining different lookup tables, mixing in color layers, gradient maps here.
For example, let's load in a nice, soft one here. I'll go with photographic toning and apply a nice gentle warmth, and we'll set that to color, but a lower opacity for a gentle orange boost. Now, here's our original and here's the new look. I can choose file, export, color lookup tables. I'll choose to export a CUBE file for use in Premiere Pro.
Let the name match the footage and click OK. Navigate to where you want to store this. I suggest going up and consider making another folder. Rather than graphic sources, I'm going to place this here into my project files and I'll make a folder called LUTS. New, folder, 06 look up tables and click open and save the file.
Back in Premiere Pro, it's super simple. With that clip selected, you can switch to the color workspace. Now, feel free to scroll down to the creative section and just choose to browse to load your look. Navigate to the folder where you were working, in this case, there's my LUTS and I can select the one I created and click open. It instantly applies to the footage. Using the intensity slider, I can make it more or less intense and of course, all of my basic adjustments are still there.
If I wanted to recover the highlights a little bit more and lift the shadows I can do so, but that creative LUT is still being applied to color grade the footage. This means that it's very easy to jump into Photoshop when you want to do some advanced color grading because everything you do using adjustment layers can be captured into a lookup table. Just make sure that the background layer is a locked layer and it says background. This is going to be the default if you use that ability to export an individual freeze frame and then open that up in Photoshop.
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