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LOOKUP TABLES LUTs

in 5 min to the perfect picture

Learn how to use Color Lookup Tables (LUTs) in Photoshop and Lightroom Classic.

Works also with Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, Speedgrade & FCPX with LUT Utility and Lightroom as Color Profile

FIRST THINGS FIRST

WHY LUTs?

Color Lookup Tables (LUTs) are one of the most powerful tools Photoshop has to offer when it comes to image lookup! 

Everybody knows and loves Lightroom Presets – I also love to use them when things have to be done quickly! But they have one crucial disadvantage: their flexibility! They can only be applied to the image as a whole. Sometimes you are satisfied with the result, sometimes not!

LUTs can be individually adjusted to your picture in Photoshop, whether by masks, blend mode, opacity and much more. 

You don’t want to use them in Photoshop, but as lookup for your movie – no problem! You can use them in ANY image and video editing software across all platforms.

Here are the most important ones: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Affinity Photo, DaVinci Resolve, Speedgrade & FCPX with LUT Utility und Lightroom as color profile.

If you are still at the very beginning and don’t have one of these programs yet, get the free version of LUMINAR 3 to meet the world of image editing.

Below you will find information about the installation and a short guide to working with LUTs – have fun! 

INSTALLATION

Copy your LUTs (in this case .cube files) into the 3DLUTs folder of Photoshop:

MAC
/Applications/Adobe Photoshop 2020/Presets/3DLUTs

WIN
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017\Presets\3DLUTs

(you may need to enter your system password to confirm the copy operation)

Restart Photoshop – THATS IT!

PHOTOSHOP

Insert a Color Lookup setting layer:

PICTURE -> CORRECTIONS -> COLOR LOOKUP

Click on the Color Lookup icon to open the properties dialog box.

Click on the top line (3DLUT file) to open the drop-down menu.

Either select from the already loaded LUTs, or navigate to another save path.

MASKS BLEND MODE LAYER STYLE

The three most important setting options of LUTs are masks, the layer blend mode and the layer style.

  • Masks (white window next to the LUT settings layer)
    • Paint with black color over the mask to hide parts of the settings layer or use the selection tool to mark certain areas and then invert them with CTRL/CMD + I to hide them as well.
  • Blend mode (default to normal)
    • Click through all modes (Interlace, Soft Light, Hard Light…), reduce the opacity and choose the best option for you.
  • Layer style (double click on the layer)
    • Blank the LUT for certain brightness ranges and move the slider for the light tones from right to left or for the dark tones from left to right. Split the slider with the ALT/OPT key pressed to create a smooth transition.

PRESETS / LUTs

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I offer my presets as DNG, XMP and LUT. So they work for Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom Mobile. But at the same time also for programs like Affinity Photo.

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Who has time today to make settings for each picture individually. Fortunately I have already invested this time for you. Take advantage of this advantage and download my presets today.

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As DNG file on your mobile phone or XMP for WIN/MACMy presets deliver the best results on all platforms.

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