Are you tired of relying on pre-made LUTs for your color grading in Davinci Resolve? Do you want to have full control over the color grading process and create your own unique look? Look no further! In this blog, we will guide you through the process of creating your own custom LUTs in Davinci Resolve, allowing you to bring your creative vision to life. Whether you’re a professional filmmaker or a passionate hobbyist, understanding how to craft your own LUTs will give you the freedom to achieve the perfect color grading for your projects. Get ready to dive into the world of color grading and discover the power of custom LUTs!
Create your OWN custom LUTS for color grading in Davinci Resolve
Hey guys, it’s Mitch here! Look-up tables or LUTs for short have become really popular with filmmakers in the last couple of years as a quick and easy way of applying a look to your footage. It allows you to get to the render stage and put the video out into the world as quickly as possible. However, not everyone knows how to create their own LUTs, and a lot of people are searching for the perfect LUT online. The problem is that we all use different cameras, different picture profile settings, and most importantly, we all have a different look that we are trying to create. This article is for those who want to take control and have a good idea of the final look they want on their video. It’s also for those who want to copy a look they’ve seen, whether it’s from a film or a photograph. Let’s dive into how you can create your own custom LUTs in DaVinci Resolve.
Using DaVinci Resolve
The first method we’ll discuss is using DaVinci Resolve 12.5, the free version. Although you don’t need to buy the upgrade version to create LUTs, you do need to know how to use the tools inside the program. Here’s how:
Step 1: Import your footage
Start by dragging your clips into the timeline area. Make sure to select clips that have different exposure levels and include skin tones to create a uniform and consistent lookup table.
Step 2: Adjust project settings
Go to the project settings and navigate to the color management tab. Uncheck the “use Mac display color for viewers” option. This will ensure your viewer window looks the same as the final rendered video.
Step 3: Create your look
Now, go to the color tab and start creating your look. Adjust the controls in DaVinci Resolve until you’re satisfied with the look.
Step 4: Apply the look to all clips
Once you’re happy with the look, right-click on the current node and hit “grab still” to add a still image to the left pane. Then, right-click on each subsequent clip, select the still you created, and hit “apply grades” to preview the look on each clip.
Step 5: Generate the LUT
After applying the look to all clips, right-click on any of them, and click “generate 3D LUT.” Rename the LUT and save it in the desired folder.
The second method involves using Photoshop. This method is not free, as Photoshop is a paid program. Here’s how to create custom LUTs using Photoshop:
Step 1: Import your footage
Import your footage into Photoshop.
Step 2: Adjust the image
Use the tools in Photoshop to adjust the image and create the desired look.
Step 3: Save the LUT
Once you’re satisfied with the look, go to File > Export > Color Lookup Tables. Select the desired options and save the LUT.
Both methods allow you to create your own custom LUTs for color grading in Davinci Resolve. Whether you choose the free option with DaVinci Resolve or the paid option with Photoshop, you’ll have control over the final look of your videos. So go ahead and experiment with different looks and create your own unique LUTs!
1. Import your video or image into Davinci Resolve.
2. Apply your desired color grading adjustments using the software’s color grading tools.
3. Once you are satisfied with the look, navigate to the File menu and select Export > LUT.
4. Choose the desired export settings, such as format, size, and destination folder.
5. Click on Export to generate your custom LUT file.
6. Your custom LUT is now ready to be applied to other videos or images within Davinci Resolve or any other software that supports LUTs.
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