This was AWESOME! I’ve been wanting to focus on the new feature “Color Lookup” in Adobe Photoshop CS6.
When it first came out, I heard somebody say that I could make my own “Looks” by using Adobe SpeedGrade to create new 3D LUT’s and save them out as “.look” files that can be used in Photoshop and other applications. I looked all over the place but I couldn’t really find any video resources that covered this workflow specifically.
I started to think that I would not be able to make my own .look files using SpeedGrade in time so I would settle for downloading some from a trusted site. I went to the Adobe Exchange because I REALLY trust that site. I was unable to find any existing files for download and I didn’t find much info on the topic either. Maybe 2 posts but no mention of free .look files to download so I bypassed most of it.
I had to do what I don’t like doing, READ READ READ. Reading is great, but it’s a tough one for me. I did a Google search on the subject and came across approx. 6 articles that I found helpful and a bunch more that were not helpful =D. I’m thinking that this subject is so new that it’s hard to find a bunch of info for it =D IDK. After reading the 6+ articles, I came up with a new plan.
Thanks to Richard Curtis’ article “Adding a 3D LUT or colour lookup table for toning to your image. No 2” I was able to get a new plan in action. In his Step 3, he mentions that SpeedGrade shipped with more .looks that were not available in Photoshop CS6… Now I’m scrambling to find these assets on my machine so that I could load them to my Photoshop. In the comments, some one asked where the presets were and Richard was awesome enough to post the path:
“Applications/Adobe SpeedGrade CS6/Adobe SpeedGrade CS6.app/Contents/MacOS/Look Examples”
Turns out I didn’t have SpeedGrade on my machine but because I have the Adobe Creative Cloud, I downloaded it, literally, in minutes. I jumped right into the program file folders for SpeedGrade, found the .look files, then copy and pasted them into my Adobe Photoshop CS6 3DLUTs Presets folder. I tried them out in Photoshop, but they were not coming up on the drop-down menu for the 3DLUT presets…. I restarted Photoshop and THERE THEY WERE!!! I got new looks for Photoshop!!!
I started out with 19 “Looks” and now I have 51 =D As I was going through them I realized that some of the presets didn’t work for my image. Some even turned my image completely black. For some reason, this would only happen if I clicked on the preset. Once I would start cycling through them with my arrow keys, they all appeared fine. Weird.
Why is this a big deal to me??? Well, the Color Lookup feature is one of my favorite additions in the last build. Since it starts off as a preset, I was worried about other designers getting similar feels. My thinking is, if I have a variety of Color Lookup Presets, my results would vastly differ from what my peers are creating and I would be designing more efficiently.
Wow!!! I’m so hyped! I’m glad I found out how to do this. So, for now, I’m going to play around with all the new presets I have. On the next time I study the Color Lookup option, I’ll make a .look file in SpeedGrade from scratch =D
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