A LUT or Lookup Table is a wonderful little file that can alter the colors of our videos in amazing different ways. Simply out, they are color presets or filters, just like the ones you out on your Instagram photos. LUT’s can be used to conform a flat log image to a neutral look or to create specific looks. LUT's are a great way to speed up your colour grading process, what could take you multiple hours or even days can now be done in a matter of seconds thanks to LUT's.
If you like to download LUT's to use right away, here are 7 free cinematic LUT's just for you to use! All you have to do is fill in the form below and we will send you an email with the link to download them.
HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM LUTS
Now if you want to create your own custom LUT's, just to cut to the chase and show you how to do this in just a few simple steps.
LUT's can be used in almost all modern film editing tools such as Final Cut Pro, Da Vinci Resolve and more. But for this tutorial I am going to be using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
1. SWITCH TO THE COLOUR TAB
In your Premiere Pro project, make sure you switch to the colour tab to access the colour grading tools.
2. SELECT THE LUMETRI COLOUR TAB
On the right hand side, select the lumetri colour tab. This is where you can do of your colour grading to your selected video clip.
3. MAKE THE CHANGES YOU NEED TO YOUR COLOUR GRADE
We won't be going through the details of how to colour grade in Premiere Pro in this tutorial. But as mentioned already, the lumetri tab is where you do all of your colour grading in Premiere Pro. Here you can correct your white balance, correct exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, saturation, import LUT's you may have on your computer and change the curves to add depth to your image.
4. EXPORT YOUR CUSTOM LUT
Now, this is where the magic happens! Once you have achieved the look your are going for, you can easily export your very own LUT. To do this, simply press the three lines next to the name 'Lumetri color' and in the drop down menu click export.look. This will export your new LUT in a .look file so you can import your very own LUT and use this in future projects.
Now you know how to create your very own custom LUT's, give it a go! Create your own LUTs and share them with our community! We would love to see some of the cool looks you come up with!
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