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Easy Cinematic Color Correction Tutorial After Effects

One of the most important factors in the video creation process is the final image quality. You might be able to create awesome animations, but, if the image is not high quality, or has bad colors, your work will never be 100% appreciated. That's why today, I decided to show you the easiest way to make a cinematic color correction on your videos.

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One of the most important factors in the video creation process is the final image quality. You might be able to create awesome animations, but, if the image is not high quality, or has bad colors, your work will never be 100% appreciated. That's why today, I decided to show you the easiest way to make a cinematic color correction on your videos.

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In this tutorial will be using the EZ Tools script, which is free to download. You can get it, by clicking the link from the upper right corner of the screen. You can also download the project files, and the final template from this tutorial clicking the link from the description. So let's start.

Once you've imported your footage into After Effects, drag it here to create a composition.

As you can see the image does not look bad at all, and most of you could say that it can't be improved, but let see what we can do.

Create a new adjustment layer, and rename it cinematic color correction.Search for levels, and apply it to your layer.

Switch the channel to blue, and drag this arrow like this, until the blue out white value gets around 200. This depends a lot on your footage so play with it to get the best result.

As you can see, we already have a little difference comparing to the original footage. Search for auto contrast, and apply it to your color correction layer. Wow, have you seen the change?

Look how big is the difference between the original footage and the color corrected one. To help you see the difference I will change the scale of the adjustment layer, then drag it like this.

As you can see, now the colors seem to be alive, the contrast is way better, and even the clarity of the image seems to be at a different level. Using the blue channel levels and the auto contrast to correct the color of your image is the easiest way possible, but, also, a very used method even in the cinematographic industry, because of the non-invasive quality of the blue color.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to create a cinematic color correction in After Effects. Don't forget to subscribe, hit the like button and comment. It would be great to know your opinions on my tutorials. Also, you can make requests for new tutorials, on interesting effects or animations that you would like to learn. See you soon!

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