While presets offer a valuable starting point, they are usually not the final destination. Color.io encourages you to make each preset your own and has many built-in tools to make this process as convenient as possible. After applying a preset, you can customize it using the powerful tools provided by the color and texture engine. Simply click "Edit" directly on the preset to jump into the engine and make adjustments.
You'll find powerful tools to customize presets in the color grading panel. Each tool manipulates a different aspect of your image's color, providing you with incredibly fine grained control over the look of your images. Feel free to experiment with the settings of each tool to see how they influence the color grading. Remember that your changes are never permanent. The history timeline at the top of the color grading panel records every action you take. This means you can always go back to the original preset or any step along the way, giving you the freedom to experiment without fear of losing your progress.
Tips: When a preset has been modified from its original state, it shows an "Edited" badge next to its name. When a preset is edited, you can reset it to it's original state or save it as a new preset. You can edit and save custom versions of both factory presets and your own presets.
Once you've created a look that you are sure you want to reuse in the future, click or tap the three dots next to your preset. This will open a context menu with the available options for saving.
This option allows you to create a new preset based on the edited base preset. This option is available for edited factory presets and edited user presets. It will be greyed out when the preset is not edited.
This option replaces a preset with an updated version. The option is only available for edited user presets. You can not overwrite factory presets. The option will be greyed out when the preset is not edited or a factory preset.
Reset the preset to its initial state. Only available when the preset has been edited.
Only available for user presets. Change the preset's name, description and move it into a new or existing category. Option will be greyed out for factory presets.
This option permanently removes the preset from your preset library. However, if the preset has been shared via a link or LUT-embed*, the preset will remain available indefinitely. The option will be greyed out for factory presets.
One of the great things about color grades in Color.io is that they're not just for Color.io – they're universal. This means you can use them in a variety of other applications too, including Photoshop, many photo editing apps, and almost all video editors and color grading programs like Davinci Resolve.
To share a preset or a custom grade with a third party app, all you have to do is export it as a 3D LUT. In essence, 3D LUTs are like a universal language for color. They allow you to create, save, and share your color grading work across multiple platforms and projects. You can apply the exact same color grade you created in Color.io to an image in Photoshop, or to a video in Adobe Premiere Pro, and many other apps. This is a powerful way to ensure consistency in your color grading across different projects and different software. You could create a 'signature look' in Color.io and then use it everywhere else!
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