Custom Looks with Adobe Hue CC
Create your own custom Looks and use them in your #MadeWithClip projects!
Back in April, we sneaked “Project Candy” as a new mobile technology that enables you to capture the look & feel of a scene or still, and translate those color and light dynamics to your video projects. Now, Adobe Hue CC is available in the Apple App Store.
What is Adobe Hue CC?
Let’s be clear right up front: Adobe Hue CC isn’t just a new app; it’s a new kind of app. Similar to other Adobe “capture apps” like Shape and Brush, it allows you to grab elements from the real world in a format you can use right away in your creative work. Where Shape captures the outlines of things, and Brush captures textures, Adobe Hue captures color and light which it saves as Looks– files you can use to enhance the appearance of video content.
Adobe Hue CC is a fantastic entry-point into the new color 2015 workflows. The Looks you create with Adobe Hue are automatically added to your Creative Cloud libraries and, thanks to Adobe CreativeSync, available to use within Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2015), After Effects CC (2015), and Premiere Clip.
How does Adobe Hue work?
Rather than snapping a picture, Adobe Hue creates a snapshot of just the color and light in a scene. As soon as you point it at something (or load an image from your Camera Roll or Creative Cloud folders), you will see a slowly rotating array of colored balls. This shows you the distribution of color and light available in that scene (or photo).
Horizontally, the colors are arranged around the rotating axis in the same positions you would find them on a traditional color wheel. The vertical axis shows the amount of light: Darker tones are lower down in the image, the lighter ones higher up. If you are familiar with a 3D Histogram, you will see the similarities with the Adobe Hue capture screen.
After you tap the capture button, a simple edit screen opens where you can make two decisions.
- Accept (or change) the midtone-shift for your Look
- Accept (or adjust) the intensity of the Look
The reference image in the top half of the screen shows how the Look impacts the image. You can tap and hold the reference image to see the “before” (without the Look) and compare that to the image with the Look applied.
Want to change the reference image, or see what your own video footage would look like with the Look applied? Swipe the image to see more previews, and audition your own photos and videos by tapping the “+” icon in the editing screen.
Tap any color ball to make it the midtone (a small highlight ring shows you which one is selected). Changing the midtone shifts the whole Look, so the impact can be pretty significant, especially on neutral tones in the target image. The slider lets you make the whole Look stronger or more subtle.
Once you like it, tap Save and the Look is saved to your library where the magic of Adobe CreativeSync makes it available to use in Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Premiere Clip.
Your Looks are automatically available in Premiere Clip version 1.2. To access them, tap Finishing Touches (the magic wand icon), then tap Looks. Tap the “My Library” tab to load your custom Look libraries.
How do Looks work?
A Look is not a filter: it does not subtract colors from your target image. Nor is it an overlay of any kind. A Look is actually a complex set of saturation adjustments that shift color and light across the whole picture. The results are richer video images with a distinctive visual style.
Whether you are new to working with color, or an old hand at grading, Adobe Hue CC gives you a great place to start: capture experiences from the world around you and bring those emotional qualities right into your video projects. The impact is immediate. And you don’t have to stop there: open up the new Lumetri Color panel in Premiere Pro to make additional adjustments until you have exactly the Look you want. Want to bring the whole thing into a dedicated color grading environment? You can use Direct Link to open your Premiere Pro project in SpeedGrade.
Like the other color tools being introduced in the 2015 Creative Cloud releases, Adobe Hue CC is all about opening the doors to new ways of working with color.
Adobe Hue CC is a free app that syncs with your Creative Profile through your Adobe ID. It is currently available for iPhone and iPad running iOS 8 and later.
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