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!
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.