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Create your own CINEMATIC LUTS in Photoshop – Use in Premiere Pro and FCPX

November 1, 2019

hello wonderful human beings Sheldon Evans here and in today’s video I’ll be showing you how you can create your own Lutz in Photoshop to use on your photos and videos and get some of that color grading goodness so let’s jump right into it alrighty wonderful human beings so we’re in Photoshop now as you can see and we’re gonna use this photo of Cynthia to calibrate it and then creates a color preset or a color lot from it which we can then apply to our other photos and videos if we want and get the same color grade across all of our images and all of our videos so to start off with we’re gonna create a new layer using Photoshop stability and color grading tools now there’s a couple tools that Photoshop has so if you click this little button here it’ll pop up with the options that you can select so you can use hue/saturation and change the U and the saturation of the colors in your photo you can use color balance you can use gradient map which I don’t actually like that much and you can use selective color or even photo filters so if we pop on photo filter you’ll see it applies a color of the entire image and you can adjust it up here how intense you’d like it but we’re not going to work we’re gonna delete that layer and we’re gonna start off with color balance now what color balance does is it allows you to add colors certain colors your scions yellows magentas and greens to your mid-tones highlights and shadows so we’re gonna start up for the mid-tones and I want this to be a little bit warmer so I want this photo to be a little bit warmer so to do that I’m gonna add some red and some yellow to it so you can see that it’s got a little bit warmer overall so I’ve had some red and some yellow to the mid-tones of the image and if you click this little button here it’ll show you the before and after so you can see it’s slightly warmer it’s very very minimal for now which is fine because we’re just starting off so let’s go over to the shadows now I want to shadows to be a little bit warmer as well so to do that you’re gonna add some yellow to the shadows now obviously if you slide this all the way it’s gonna be very intense so these adjustments are very minimal I’m going to add about six points let’s say six points of the other two the shadows and maybe one of red okay that looks that looks good so it’s warmer as you can see now let’s move on to our highlights and we’re gonna add some blue to our highlights over and start off with a little bit of cyan and a little bit of blue just a tiny bit because we don’t think wish to get cool again and that looks good I like the way that it’s looking so far now I want to change the color of this blue I don’t like this blue of the sky I think it’s a bit too blue so I want to change it and make it a little bit teal and as you guys know that orange and teal look is incredibly popular online so we’re going to sort of go with something similar to that for this photo so we’re going to click our little button again and we’re going to use a hue/saturation layer now with the new saturation layer it’s gonna pop up in your properties box over here I’m gonna change the color of the blues so you’re gonna click this little button and click on Blues now when you change this hue slider you’ll see it’ll change the U of the blue color that’s exactly what you want now obviously you can go over a Mad Max sort of style and go red skies or we can go this way and give us a little bit of a a teal color now I really like the way that looks but I think it’s a bit too high so I’m gonna drop the saturation just slightly and the lightness slider will basically adjust how bright or how dark that color is so I’m gonna bring it just a little bit down because it’s a little bit darker that looks great now and finally I’m going to use a selective color layer and again on the blue Channel and the selective color you can again change the color of very specific color in your photo and I’m gonna do that with a blue again now you could just use a new saturation layer but I’m gonna do this just to give it a little bit more of a cyan color so you can do that by bringing the yellow up and then just make it a little bit dark again so you can stay yeah that looks great so now you can see what you’ve done with these three layers here that was our original image and that’s the final I think it’s a bit too bright so I’m gonna add an additional brightness and contrast layer I’m gonna bring down the brightness slightly and also bring down the contrast just slightly L and image to be a little bit more flat and now the image is looking great I’m liking the way the color is looking at the moment but maybe you want to add a bit of a fade and give it a bit of a bit vintage look so click on this and add a curves adjustment layer now what this is going to do is it’s gonna allow you to adjust the curves of this photo now you can bring this down or you can bring it up it depends on what you want to do but I’m gonna just boost this level slightly which is going to add a bit of a fade to the shadows we just drop the contrast slightly so to add more contrast in you’re just gonna bring that down and bring that up and add a bit of an s-curve it’s your photo and that looks good it looks like it’s bumped up the saturation slightly as well so we can go back to our you saturation slider and make sure that it’s on master which is gonna select all of the color colors and I’m gonna drop the saturation just slightly now that looks good now what you can do is you can select all of your later layers so you can hold shift and click and then press command or ctrl + G and that will group all of your color layers together so you can rename this to color now when you preview this you’re gonna see the change that it’s made to your photo now I really like the way this is looking so now what I’m gonna do is I’m going to show you how to save this as a lot that you can then apply to your other photos and your video if you’d like to as well but before I do that I just want to take a second to thank Skillshare who is today’s sponsor if you haven’t heard about Skillshare they’re an online platform with over 19,000 courses covering everything from photography to video production to music to even marketing in business whatever it may be they’ve got something for you so if you’re thinking that you’re in the creative space you’re a photographer and you know what you’re doing maybe you only put more gigs maybe you want to get more clients they’ve would coerce us from greats like Gary Vaynerchuk covering marketing and social media start jeez that what causes on Facebook ads so if you want to sign up there is a link in the description of today’s video for the first 150 people who will get two months of Skillshare for free so make sure that you sign up quickly because those spots will even disappear but more on that later let’s get back to the video and I’ll show you how to apply lots to your other photos okay so to do that you’re gonna go over to file export and color look-up tables and we’re going to export this as a lot so once you click that you’re going to change whatever you want to name it up here use lower case file extensions and grid points 64 so set those to 64 I think default is probably around 32 just a little high 64 is more than enough you don’t have to go to maximum and then for file format this is basically the format’s of the life that you’re gonna save so just they would save it as a cube file you can uncheck these cube is basically the standard that everyone will be able to use you’ll be able to use those in Adobe Premiere in Final Cut Pro in Photoshop and where else lots are used you can use this file so go ahead and click OK and then you’re gonna name it now name it whatever you’d like to name it let’s name it bluey that sounds good and save it to where you’d be able to to access it pretty easily so I’m just gonna save it to my desktop and I’m gonna hit save now that lat is safe now how do we apply that color light to offer those web videos so I’m gonna hide our color layer and I’m gonna click this adjustment layer button again and click color lookup now that’s exactly what we’re gonna do we’re gonna apply the LUT layer that we’ve just saved so you click up here click load 3d LUT and then navigate to where you just saved your lot so I saved it as blue EQ click open and our lot is applied and you can see that this is just a single layer now has our color grade on it now you can open up a different photo which I’ll do here and add a color lookup layer to it you can browse for the lot that you just created bluie open and you can see it applies a lot to this photo this is a like we just created now your luck will affect different photos in different ways obviously because each further that you take has a different color palettes in it so whatever the base color palette is it’s going to convert it based on the values that are saved in the original LUT file file so you can change this slightly if you’d like you can change the opacity by sliding left and right here to determine the intensity of your legs or you can save your lat and then maybe make a few extra adjustments like add a brightness or the contrast layer where you want to boost the brightness up now you’re going to add a little more contrast and it’s up to you how you’d like to create your images now you can also use other lights we can use some of the lots from my hello wonderful LUT pack so I’ll show you how to do that you can click this click color lookup so we can delete these two layers and browse and now we can select one of the lots from the hello wonderful blood pack so let’s go ahead with Geo and you’ll see it applies the lots to this further now these lots obviously that I’ve created are incredibly intense and the reason they’re intense is that you don’t have to use them at 100% so they are maximum at 100% but they’re not made to be applied at 100% all the time so let’s drop it down to your owned 60% and I like the way that looks on this photo let’s check out another further let’s create another adjustment color lookup layer we can select load a lot and let’s try what would look good punch so you’ll see this is quite intense and very red so we can drop the opacity slightly and you can see that it’s added some red to the shadows and blues the to the overall you can see some vignetting here which can be edited in Camera Raw so I’ll show you have to do that as well quickly why not an extra tip so you get a filter Camera Raw filter lens Corrections and you can drop there we go and we’ve removed at veneering and we’ve got our color lookup layer attached let’s try another filter you can even do it on landscapes obviously let’s do this color lookup layer its browse for outlet let’s try what we look good on this forest walk considering it’s a forest that looks good I can drop the pasty slightly you can see what the has done before and after finally let’s try one more image at a color lookup layer and we can use be that wonderful light which is a wonderful that on that everybody wants which is intensive 100% obviously so we’re gonna drop it down 50% looks amazing and big your color grid is done in one single adjustment that’s it guys I really hope you liked the video if you did like the video don’t forget to hit the like button smash that subscribe button if you are new here and you want to see more tutorials like this and as oil I shall see you in the next video Cheers [Music] you


  • Reply gamer gujo June 22, 2018 at 1:03 pm


  • Reply cat intensifies June 22, 2018 at 1:05 pm


  • Reply Sheldon Evans June 22, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Who has tried out the new "Hello Wonderful" LUT pack?? 👉🏼

  • Reply هايل الايوبي June 22, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Very great

  • Reply Christian Ekman June 22, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Awesome! Can one hope for more videos on color grading?

  • Reply Subash Gyawali June 22, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Color grdaing is more effictive in. Lr

  • Reply Yash Lucid June 22, 2018 at 1:49 pm


  • Reply Julianto Salim June 22, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Awesome video sheldon!
    But if you're only color grading the photo, why not just go to LR and create/use preset?
    Which one do you use most frequently?

    Would be very glad if u reply dude to enlighten me..

  • Reply Leo Qin June 22, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Very Explicit explanation!

  • Reply RayGonPlay June 22, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Sheldon this video is very helpful! Sadly i have an older version of PS and it has very limited amount of options… Which PS do you have?

  • Reply YaZeen June 22, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    WOW! 11k in 4hrs! Good for u sheldon

  • Reply Anoop Babu June 23, 2018 at 3:43 am

    I dont know, whether you know.. you are my teacher. Thanks for all the lessons

  • Reply priyanshu palande June 23, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Get hd background free

  • Reply Ary727 June 23, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Great video! I learned some new things in photoshop that I didn’t of know before. Thanks! 👌🏻

  • Reply Mona S June 25, 2018 at 2:12 am

    It's amazing!! Please upload more video like this😄

  • Reply Brock Bagley June 26, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Very Helpful! I hate editing in lightroom after photoshop so it is nice to find out how to make presets within Photoshop!

  • Reply Michelle Cox Photography June 27, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Such a great video!! Love learning about new ways to edit!!

  • Reply Alex Jenkins June 28, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    How do these other tools compare to the Camera Raw Filter? I've been using that a LOT and it's fantastic (just discovered it). But I wonder if I'm limiting myself here.

  • Reply Ralph Leming June 28, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    If your looking for someone to edit your pics for you but you have no photoshop or skill check me out for editing your pics!

  • Reply Johno October 29, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Hardest part of Creating LUTs is naming them

  • Reply talash k July 30, 2019 at 12:50 am

    How can i make the grass look more greener?

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