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Saving the Shot! In this second color correction tutorial Andrew Devis will show you how to apply the very powerful tool of secondary color correction using the free Synthetic Aperture plug-in 'Color Finesse' that ships with Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4 and CS5. Once applied Andrew will show you how to use layers within After Effects to ensure that the correction only happens in the area of main concern so that other areas with a similar color can be left untouched.



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Re: Secondary Color Correction in After Effects
by Andrew Devis
Hi Anton

It sounds like you need to use the three way colour corrector in Color Finesse where you colour correct the shaddows only.

Have a look at the luma range and see what is actually shaddow in your footage, and if it is mainly the shaddows you want to correct then you will find that this works very well. Otherwise, you will need to do some customisation of the range you want to affect.

Hope this helps
Andrew

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Re: Secondary Color Correction in After Effects
by Anton Leis
Hello Andrew,
how can i achieve the real "film look", i mean the bluish shadows like in hollywood productions and blockbuster movies. when i try to color grade my shadows, the whole picture becomes bluish, but not the shadows themselves. hope you can help me, Andrew.

b.r.
Anton
@Secondary Color Correction in After Effects
by tim vanbrackle
both tutorials excellent. Thanks for the info!
@tim vanbrackle
by Andrew Devis
Hi Tim

Really pleased you've found them helpful - thanks for the comment :o)

Andrew

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Re: Secondary Color Correction in After Effects
by Rob Fiedler
Thanks Andrew. Very helpful. I really appreciate the tips.

Rob

Rob
Re: Tutorial: Secondary Color Correction in After Effects
by Vibeke Eggesboe
I have been using Color Finesse a lot, and I think it´s a very handy tool in my everyday colorcorrection-needs. However, I´ve had a problem using the secondary color picker lately. (CF 3) It picks colors alright, but its the wrong colors. It is picking colors that I cant even find in the footage!
Has anyone else encountered this problem?
@Vibeke Eggesboe
by Andrew Devis
Hi Vibeke

I think you should probably be asking this question on this forum http://forums.creativecow.net/syntheticaperture as you will get the right people looking at the problem for you.

Hope this helps
Andrew

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Re: Secondary Color Correction in After Effects
by Lj Simpson
Both tutorials were great starting points and just what I was looking for. Very clear, concise, and informative. On future tutorials, it might be nice to have the file available to work along with the tutorial. Thank you Andrew!
Re: Secondary Color Correction in After Effects
by David Schmidt
Thanks for this great Tutorial!
Re: Tutorial: Secondary Color Correction in After Effects
by Bob Currier
Nice work on both the Primary and Secondary correction tutorials.

Thanks!

Bob Currier
Synthetic Aperture
Re: Tutorial: Secondary Color Correction in After Effects
by Andrew Devis
Thanks Bob :o)

I love Color Finesse but from my own training I find that people don't tend to know about it or use it as much as they should - that's why the tutorials. I am looking at maybe doing some more tutorials explaining some more color corrections features that are under-used with Color Finesse - any suggestions or guidence would be warmly welcomed!

Thanks again
Andrew

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