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Creating custom LUTs with Photoshop!

Updated: Jul 26, 2018

Sometimes the budget just doesn't allow for a colourist to be on the project. Don't let that stop you from creating your own custom Look-Up Tables (LUT) in Photoshop! It's simple and allows you to add a professional look to any project you are cutting.

Today I will show you how to create and apply these looks using the Adobe CC Suite.



Creating LUTs in Photoshop:


-Export screen-shot or .JPG from footage you wish to grade

-Import image into Photoshop

-In Photoshop: Layer > New Adjustment Layer

-Make necessary adjustments through the different layers

-When happy with grade - highlight only the layers and “create a new group”

-Highlight the new Group folder

-File > Export > Color Lookup Tables

-New window pops up - make sure CUBE is checked - hit OK

-Re-name and save



The key to finding your perfect colour lies within the 'Adjustment Layer' options in Photoshop. Don't be afraid to experiment!


Highlight the adjustment layers and create a 'new group'



New Group Created

Choose Export Color Lookup Tables

Choose file name and format

Importing .CUBE into Adobe Premiere:

-Open project you wish to colour grade

-Select clip(s) on the timeline and choose the "Color" tab at the top of the screen

-Under the "Basic Correction" heading, choose "Input LUT" drop-down menu and select "browse"

-A pop-up menu will appear - don't forget where you saved your newly created LUT!

-Select your LUT and it will be applied to the highlighted clips

-Copy and paste effect as desired



Congrats! It's as simple as that! Show off your creativity and impress your next client with custom looks and colour-grades.




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