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.
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.
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Moody contrast in a palette of earth tones
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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.
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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