SpeedGrade can save color grading information in .Look files for reuse. Because the files are small, you can easily store them or share them with others.
Speedgrade provides you a wide variety of Look color presets to apply to your media. You can find these looks under Speedlooks Cinelooks in the Look tab.
You can also press Ctrl+P (Windows) or Cmd+P (Macintosh) to save the Look file.
The .Look file appears in the Look browser as a thumbnail. The default location for the files is ../SpeedGrade/settings/looks.
If you get an error that the folder is read-only, close SpeedGrade and then run it as administrator. In Windows, right-click the start icon and select Run as Administrator.
- Locate the .Look file to share. The default location of .Look files is ../SpeedGrade/settings/looks.
- Send the file as an email attachment or move or copy it to a shared folder in the Cloud or on a network.
You can choose from the following three different views to display Look presets:
- Look Management View
- Quick View
- Minimized Browser View
Look Management View
Displays the Look presets as thumbnails in multiple rows. You can view several .look files at once. You also have a tree-view navigation structure to set the default Looks folder.
Minimized Browser View
Displays the Look Manager in a tabbed-browser view without displaying any thumbnails. This view gives the Monitor panel more screen space for your grading work.
- Select a clip or grading track.
- In the Look Manager, navigate to the folder containing the .Look file you want to use. Use the left and right arrow keys to navigate to more folders.
- Click on the .Look file to apply it.
You can also drag the .Look file on the Timeline. It appears as a grading clip that you can resize and reposition to apply the look across multiple clips, scenes, or a whole project.
- If you hover over a Look thumbnail, you can view how that Look impacts your image in the monitor. This makes it incredibly easy to test and compare Looks.
- To apply the Look, click on it. Alternatively, you can drag the Look thumbnail into the grading layer stack, where it appears as a new Group, and is automatically applied to the image.
- With footage open in After Effects, select Effect > Utility > Apply Color LUT.
- Select the .Look file from your hard disk.
To blend the look in After Effects, create an adjustment layer above the clip in the Timeline, then apply the look (Effect > Utility > Apply Color LUT). In the Timeline, select the adjustment layer, then press the T key to bring up the transparency control. Adjust the transparency to blend the look.
- With an image open in Photoshop, select Image > Adjustments > Color Lookup.
- In the Color Lookup dialog box, select the Load 3D LUT option.
- Select the .Look file from your hard disk and click OK.
For more control over the look, create a Color Look Up adjustment layer. Select Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Lookup, and then select the .look file from the context menu.
You can export a .Look file with one or more LUT files to use in Adobe Premiere Pro or a third-party application.
LUTs do not include masks or effects such as blur or glow.
- In the Look Manager, right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click (Mac) the .Look file and select Export Look.
- Select additional files to include, and click Export.
SpeedGrade creates a zip file containing the files.
A LUT is not required if you're sharing a look with After Effects or Photoshop, which support native .Look files.
- In the Look Manager, right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click (Mac) the .Look file and select Delete Look.
- Confirm the deletion.