User Guide - Color Grading and Film Emulation Presets

Get started with presets. Then make them your own.

One of the most powerful features of the application is the vast array of presets available to you. These presets are designed to provide you with a quick and effective starting point for your color grading journey. Presets take full advantage of the lightning fast rendering engine and film derived math driving There is no shame in starting a grade from a preset. Pros do it all the time. And with the presets in, you're always starting with an incredibly strong foundation because every preset is build with attention to detail and realism to get the most out of the color engine and ultimately your images.

Apply Presets

The first step towards utilizing presets is applying them. In, you'll find an easy-to-navigate Preset Browser with an extensive collection of presets ranging from classic film emulations to modern grading styles. The Preset Browser is the first tab in the control panels on the left side of the screen (or at the bottom on mobile).

You'll see a list of preset files, each representing a unique look or film emulation. On a desktop device, simply Hover over a preset to preview it's effect on your current image. To apply a preset, simply tap or click on it.

How film emulation presets work

Film Emulation example images - Kodak Vision3 800T, Fuji Pro 400, Silbersalz, Cinestill 400

The film emulation presets in match real film to a very high degree of accuracy. Much higher than most LUTs or plugins in other engines and there's a simple technical reason for this that is deeply embedded into the design philosophy behind the color engine driving uses a an approach to color grading that is rooted in the mathematical principles of film. Traditional film emulation LUTs are often created from sampled data and act as a "black box," meaning they apply a set of color transformations to an image without allowing for any modification of the individual parameters that define those transformations. These LUTs attempt to emulate the response of film to light, but they offer very limited control to the user.

In contrast,'s engine uses what could be considered a "film-derived math" approach. This means that the engine simulates the non-linear light response of film, with each control driven by this underlying model. It yields similarly realistic film emulation results as data derived LUTs, but with the crucial difference that every parameter is fully adjustable. This granular control allows you to get the look you want without being confined to the rigid transformations of typical LUTs. This empowers you to modify every preset, build your own film emulations and ultimately create better looking images - because at the end of the day, the image is what it's all about.

With you can edit images and build 3D LUTs with a powerful online raw developer and analog film look designer for photographers and filmmakers. Craft stunning film color in record time that works for any camera, in any software and on any device, directly in your browser.