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
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.
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Below you will find information about the installation and a short guide to working with LUTs – have fun!
Copy your LUTs (in this case .cube files) into the 3DLUTs folder of Photoshop:
/Applications/Adobe Photoshop 2020/Presets/3DLUTs
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!
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.
The three most important setting options of LUTs are masks, the layer blend mode and the layer style.
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Presets and LUTs are one part, the other is craft and this can be learned.
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