How to Use and Create Photoshop Look Up Tables #109

How to Use and Create Photoshop Look Up Tables #109

August 14, 2019 63 By Peter Engel


– [Glyn] Hi, I’m Glyn
Dewis and in this video, I want to show you how you can add mood and atmosphere to your
pictures, using colour and Photoshop Look Up Tables. Plus, at the end, I’m going to show you a very quick and simple
way that you can then save unique looks and apply
them with just one click. Okay, so this is actually an update to a video I showed earlier
on my YouTube channel. Showing how you can use Look Up Tables, to add mood and atmosphere
to your pictures. Now, if we come over to the last panel of the right hand
side, you’ll see here, the top of the layers
panel, I’ve got a group, which I’ve named, LUT, which stands for, Look Up Tables and in here, there are various number of adjustments. If I turn that group on and off, you can see the change
that’s giving our picture. Colour has been added to really increase the mood and atmosphere and that’s done using a combination of Look Up Tables and different adjustments. I’ll take you through the
process of how we can use this and then we’ll show you at the end, how you can then save those looks and apply them with just one click. Let me start by deleting that group. Now, Look Up Tables are an
adjustment layer in Photoshop and they’re found in the top right hand corner of the screen. This is 3×3 grid, I want
to click on that grid and when we do that, it
opens up the properties and we can see three menus. Generally, I only ever use the top menu. Let me just show you the process of how we can change the look of our picture using these options in the menu here. When I open this menu up and we can see there’s a whole load of one
click effects that we can apply. I want to come down to
the very, very bottom and the recipe I’m going to create, is starting off with this one
here called, TensionGreen. I’m going to click on that. You can see straight away,
that the look it gives, may not be the kind of look that you want to apply to a picture. It may work on some, but it certainly doesn’t work on this one and this is sometimes how people can get turned off from using Look Up Tables, they don’t like what comes
out of the bag straight away. But remember, Look Up Table adjustments are an adjustment layer and because they’re an adjustment layer, we then have opacity and blend modes
and many other things available to us, to be able to change it so it looks exactly how we want it to do. With this one here, I’m not
going to use a blend mode, I’m only going to use opacity. Let me just start them
by reducing the opacity of this particular adjustment
here, down to maybe 30%. I’m going to add a few
more of these Look Up Table adjustments to create the
exact look that I wanted. So, I want to come back
over to the adjustments in the top right hand corner,
and click to add another. This time again, I’ll go to the top menu and I’ll come down to one
here called, EdgyAmber. We can see there, a bit too strong, so I want to reduce the opacity
of that one down to 20%. I’m going to add another, and this time we’re going to choose one from the top menu called, FoggyNight. And that just tend to wash out the image, but again, I’m just going
to dial in the strength that I want on this one, to give it exact how I want it to look. So, let’s head on down to 10% and another, I’ll choose one here called, Crisp_Winter, I really like the way that
adds that blue in there. I did think of actually
stopping it at this point, because I quite like that look, but we’re carry on, I’m going
to reduce the opacity on that one there down
to 20% and we’ll just add a couple more adjustments here. There’s one here called, FullColors and we’ll take that one down to 20% and then we’re just go one more. But this time, I’m going to desaturate the image just a little
bit, I’m going to do that using a black and white,
but a gradient map. I’m going to press D on my keyboard, to set my foreground
and background colours to the default of black and white. Then come over to a
gradient map adjustment, click on that and straight
away, out of the bag, it gives me a really nice black and white and this is maybe 99% of the times, how I do my black and white adjustments. But I’m going to use this
just to reduce the saturation. So we’ll take it down to
maybe around, about 20%. Now, if I put all these
adjustments together here, let’s just, we’ve got the
upper most ones selected, I’m going to hold down my Shift key, and click on the very first adjustment and I’m going to go to the fly out menu in the top right hand
corner of the layers panel and choose, New Group from Layers, and we’ll call this, LUT. So you can see now, when
we turn this on and off, the kind of effect that we’ve got very simple, very quick. But imagine now, if we had
a whole series of pictures we wanted to apply this look to, we certainly don’t want
to have to keep repeating this process again and again and again. So let’s not try and save
this particular look, so that we can apply it as a one-click. First of all, I’m going to show you how you don’t do it, I’m going to show you the wrong way, because it maybe that later you maybe miss something out and you’re going to wonder why you’re not getting the looks you want. This could be the reason why, but let me show you now,
how you don’t do it. In the layer stack now,
we have all the layers leading up to the retouching part here where we’ve got the things like, texture being added, the
background dodging and burning and so on and then we’ve also got the adjustments we’ve just applied. Now, we’re going to go the File menu, then I’m going to choose Export and we’re going to choose
Colour Lookup Tables, so we’ll click on that. The description here, we’ll
just call this, Ian Munro. Because this was from a photo shoot with my friend, Ian Munro’s
a photographer in Wales and everything else I’m
going to leave here the same. Just make sure, this
is my own choice here, where it says Quality, I
leave it to say, 64, High. Then I’m going to click, Okay. Now I need to choose where to save this particular Look Up Table to and I’ll just for now,
put it onto the desktop but I’m going to rename this one, Wrong because this is the wrong way of doing it. Then I’m going to click, Save. Now, my Look Up Table adjustment has now been saved, so
it’s available to me to apply as a one click. So let’s just rewind. Let’s just take off all
these adjustments here. Now, I’m going to go to the
Look Up Table adjustment layer on the top right hand corner and again, I’m going to go to that
top menu and open it up. But this time, I’m going
to click a second time, where it says, Load 3D
LUT and when I do that, it’s going to give me my desktop and we can see here,
the Look Up Table that we’ve just saved, is now on my desktop. So I’m going to click on that one and then load it to apply
that look, onto my picture. But you’ll probably see, it won’t give the look that we originally saved. So, you can see now, something
has definitely gone wrong. Clearly we saved it incorrectly. What I mean by that is, when we save these Look Up Table adjustments, these one click effects,
there are certain layers that we have to have on and certain layers that we have to have off. So now, I want to show you,
the correct way of doing it. Let me just take this picture back to how it was when we first started. I’ll go File, and Revert. This now takes us to the point, where we’ve got all
those adjustment layers at the top of the layer stack. Here’s what we need to
do to save it correctly. I’m going to leave on all these adjustment layers that we’ve just applied, but then I’m going to
go to the other layers, in the layer stack and turn them off. I’ll take off their visibility. The only one I’m going to leave on, is our original background layer. Now when we look at the layers panel, the only layers that we
have turned on and visible, are the background layer and then, all the adjustments that we’ve used to give our picture that unique look. Bear in mind, the adjustments that you actually add into
here to create the look, don’t just have to come
from the Look Up Table adjustments here, they can also come from any other adjustment layers where you can apply the looks that you want. You could use Colour
Balance, Hue and Saturation, so on and so forth, just to
create the unique look you want. Once you’ve created that look, you’re then going to go to File, Export, and we’ll go back to that one
here, Colour Look Up Tables. We’ll again, use the
description here, of Ian Munro because this is come from
the Ian Munro photo shoot. Quality, 64, High and click, Okay. This time we’ll save
this one on our desktop, but I’m going to call this one, Right because it’s the right way of doing it and then we’ll click, Save. So now, let’s just remove
all those adjustment layers that have given the
look, we’ll delete those and we’ll just turn on the visibility of all the layers of retouching
that we’ve done so far. Imagine now, you’ve opened your picture, you’ve done lots of
work on it, you now want to add that mood and look to it and now you’ve got a look that you’ve saved earlier,
that you want to apply. We’re now going to go to our
Look Up Table adjustment layer, we go back to that top menu, we click where it says, Load 3D LUT, that then gives us our open dialogue
where we can click to choose the Look Up Table
adjustment we want to apply. Here’s the one called, Right,
I’ll click Load on that one and then Photoshop will apply that look and you’ll notice, it looks
exactly how it should do. There you go, so now you could very quickly and easily, apply this to many, many other images
from that same photo shoot. The only thing to remember,
when you’re saving these particular, unique
looks that you’re creating, make sure that the layers contain the adjustments, are
visible, every other layer, in the layer stack is turned off, except for the background layer. Okay, so that’s all for this video. If you haven’t already, make sure you click on that Subscribe button. That’s just the way of adding this channel to your favourites and
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