Using Look Presets in SpeedGrade

Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s start off 2013 by taking a look at Looks.

SpeedGrade CS6 ships with four collections of .Look file presets which you can use right out of the box (so to speak), or as a starting point for building your own looks. The four sets  are called Cinematic, Desaturation, Style, and Temperature. Each of the folders includes eight Looks, for a total of 32.

The SpeedGrade Look presets, along with any new Looks you create yourself, are displayed in the Look browser at the bottom of the Look panel. After loading content, close the Desktop (D) and click on the Look tab to open the Look panel.

Sepia is one of the Cinematic Looks included with SpeedGrade CS6

Sepia is one of the Cinematic Looks included with SpeedGrade CS6

Tabs along the top of the Look browser allow you to move quickly between different folders of .Look files. When you first launch SpeedGrade CS6, tabs for the four sets of Look presets are displayed.

SpeedGrade CS6 includes a set of eight desaturated Looks

SpeedGrade CS6 includes a set of eight desaturated Looks

You can browse other locations by clicking on the plus sign (+) to add a new tab to the Look browser.

Apply a Look
To apply a Look to your footage, make sure that you have a clip or a grading track selected on the Timeline. Click on a Look to see a preview. Press enter to apply it to the clip.

Hide the Look Panel
You can hide the Look panel by pressing P. This provides more screen real estate for your image. Press P again to bring back the Look panel (or any other panels). You can also get a full screen preview with Shift+H, which is like cinema mode in Premiere Pro.

Dude, Where Are My Look Presets?
The Look presets are stored in the pre-installed “Look-Examples” folder. To find them, click the ellipsis (…) on a Look browser tab to open up a folder tree view.

Navigate to new folders from  within the Look browser

You can navigate to to any folder on your system from within the Look browser

You will find the Look Examples folder inside your application folder.

On a Mac:
/Applications/Adobe SpeedGrade CS6/Adobe SpeedGrade CS6.app/Contents/MacOS/Look Examples

On a PC:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe SpeedGrade CS6\Look Examples

Please note: if you accidentally delete a Look preset, you will need to re-install SpeedGrade to retrieve any missing Look presets.

You can avoid this problem by copying the Look presets to another folder. Generally it is best to do this using the Finder (Mac) or Explorer (Windows)  and manually copying Looks (or whole folders) to new locations. Then navigate to the new folder from the Look browser.

Organizing your Looks
Once you are up and running with your own Looks, you will probably want to create your own file system for organizing them, such as by project, or by type of Looks. You can also exchange Looks with other users by email (they’re tiny little XML files) or by posting them online.

Saving New Looks
And remember you can modify an existing Look and save it with a new name by clicking on Save .Look at the bottom of the Layer pane. The new Look will automatically save to the currently open folder on the Look browser.

Saving a Look adds the new .Look file to the currently open folder in the Look browser

Saving a Look adds the new .Look file to the currently open folder in the Look browser

We’ll be back soon with more tips, tricks, and info on Adobe SpeedGrade CS6. Thanks for reading!

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