Create a cinematic aesthetic with Finishing LUTs

Finishing LUTs are designed to bring harmony between every shot in a project, but they can also be used to create a signature cinematic aesthetic across all the video and photo imagery of your brand.

This article will demonstrate the two Finishing LUTs we utilize most often across the Lens Distortions brand, from the album covers of our original music to our SFX and Music playlists, and our cinematic key art imagery on our VFX page and homepage.

Earthy Monochrome

The Earthy Monochrome Finishing LUT is one of our most popular LUTs and is also the look that we use most commonly when editing our own brand imagery.

With this classic cinematic LUT, any cool tones that are in your image are shifted to a very satisfying blue hue, and any warm tones are shifted to a natural red color. Most consumer cameras tend to shift skin tones a bit green, so this LUT fixes that. The result is a very pleasing balance of warm and cool.

Want to see how a Finishing LUT could help bring cohesion to your project? Download this free cinematic LUT.

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Earthy Monochrome

Moody contrast in a palette of earth tones

Dark Monochrome

The next Finishing LUT we use most often is Dark Monochrome, which gives you a more desaturated and sleek look that’s very iconic for the cinematic aesthetic.

This LUT has more neutral highlights and is doing a ton of work under the hood to naturally simplify the color spectrum around this signature desaturated blue.

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Dark Monochrome

Sleek and strong with desaturated blues

Find your own Signature Look

Every Finishing LUT we offer has its own unique subtleties and can be used in different ways.

Perhaps you’re just looking for clean and balanced color grade that will work with pretty much any subject matter. Our Pure LUT is perfect for that.

Or maybe you’re looking for an even moodier blue than Dark Monochrome. Our Tonal Blue LUT fits the bill.

Whether you use them as a starting point or the final touch, on their own or in conjunction with other color grading tools, Finishing LUTs will help you dial in your cinematic aesthetic.

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We needed good, realistic flares. Naturally, Lens Distortions was what we went with. They’re the best ones out there.”
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We’ve been using Lens Distortions for a while and we feel like they really add a nice high-end element to our films.”
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“The Finishing LUTs are superb; I use them all the time.”
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Virtually every project benefits from having Lens Distortions used to treat and layer the frame.”
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One of my favourite providers of all things film and cannot imagine not being your customer. I use one of your finishing LUTs on every project I do! They are like the glue that holds it all together.”
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Cinematic LUTs FAQ

Finishing LUTs™ are Lens Distortions’ unique approach to cinematic LUTs, focusing on uniform consistency across all of your footage, preservation of color integrity, and a stylized look – in that order.

Simply put, our LUTs won’t mess up your footage like almost all other LUTs on the market will.

Generally, LUTs can help you achieve in pretty much any professional video editing software. LUT compatibility includes Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Davinci Resolve, After Effects, LumaFusion, Photoshop, and many more applications.

LUTs make it really easy to achieve cinematic color grades. Please see our article on how to install LUTs in Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X

Yes, click the link to download a free cinematic LUT! You simply need to create a free account to download. Feel free to use this LUT for personal, client, and commercial projects.

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No, you must have an active membership to continue using any assets you’ve downloaded in new edits and to publish projects.

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Cinematic LUTs are tools used in video editing to apply color grading and color correction to your footage.

LUTs (Look-Up Tables) are essentially files containing mathematical formulas that alter the colors and tones of an image based on predefined values. They serve as a reference guide for transforming the input colors of a video or image to achieve a desired output look.

Cinematic LUTs are specifically designed to emulate the aesthetic styles and color grading techniques used in movies, cinematic shows, and high-end commercials. They often aim to replicate the look of popular films.

By applying a cinematic LUT, video editors can quickly enhance the visual quality of their footage and create a more polished and professional look.

Cinematic LUTs are often used in conjunction with other color grading tools to fine-tune the overall look and feel of a video, including adjusting contrast, saturation, and brightness.

It’s worth noting that while cinematic LUTs provide a starting point for achieving a specific visual style, additional adjustments and tweaks may be necessary to tailor the look to a particular scene or project. Therefore, they serve as a helpful tool in the color grading process, but the final creative decisions are still made by the filmmaker or video editor.