Photon 3D is a color editor that allows you to create advanced looks and filters for all kinds of media like photos, videos and games. Color Grading is done by painting on a preview image or by directly shaping the 3D color model at the heart of the application. This tutorial will walk you through the basics of working with Photon.
After starting Photon you can load preview images by dragging and dropping files directly onto the canvas area on the left hand side of the application. To replace an image just drop another one. You can also load images by clicking on the hamburger ☰ icon on the top left to open the Media Library.
Good to know: Photon is a color grading tool and not an image editing software. So you can swap out preview images at any point and preview your grades on multiple shots without losing your color grading progress. This allows you to test your grade on multiple shots.
With a preview image loaded, the first thing you can try is simply clicking around on the image. This will place a marker on the preview and select the slice of the color you picked in the 3D shaper on the right. If you haven't made any other changes you're in global range mode so all colors will be affected when you click and drag on the image.
You probably notice several things happening to the image as you click and drag.
1. It becomes brighter as you drag up.
2. It becomes darker as you drag down.
3. Saturation increases or decreases as you drag sideways.
This is the result of the "Lightness and Saturation" tool in "global" color range which are the application defaults. You can learn more about these different shaping tools and ranges in the User Interface Tutorial.
Everything you've ever wanted from a color grading interface. See colors in all dimensions and manipulate the grade by shaping it like a 3D object. Photon 3D is standalone software for color grading and LUT editing with an optional OFX Plugin for Davinci Resolve that will revolutionize the way you work with color.