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In this lesson you will learn how to create your own color Look Up Tables (commonly referred to as LUTs) in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Besides After Effects or Premiere Pro, in order to follow along with this lesson you will need to download a free plug-in from Red Giant called LUT Buddy. LUT Buddy will let you generate and export the color information needed to create a LUT, which you can then use with any other software that supports LUTs.

If you’re new to LUTs and need a primer don’t worry, we’ve got you covered: check out our introduction to color look up tables.

I often refer to LUTs as ‘universal color presets’ because they work in a similar manner to a color preset, but they are universal in the sense that they can be used across a variety of different applications.

It is important to note that LUTs can only contain color values so, unlike effects presets, they can’t read things like blurs, sharpening, or grain if they are applied to your footage. These effects will actually cause errors if they are applied when you are exporting a LUT.

We start with the After Effects workflow in the video above. The Premiere Pro workflow is covered at 6:20 on.

Those four easy steps are here.