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Introduction to Blender 2.5: Color Grading

Nov 15, 2010, 23:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Reynante Martinez)

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"Now, for some explanation. Color grading is usually defined as the process of altering and/or enhancing the colors of a motion picture or a still image. Traditionally, this happens by altering the subject photo-chemically (color timing) in a laboratory. But with modern tools and techniques, color grading can now be achieved digitally. Software like Apple's Final Cut Pro, Adobe's After Effects, Red Giant Software's Magic Bullet Looks, etc. Luckily, the latest version of Blender has support for color grading by using a selection and plethora of nodes that will then process our input accordingly. However, I really want to stress here that often, it doesn't matter what tools you use, it all really depends on how crafty and artistic you are, regardless of whatever features your application has.

"Normally, color grading could also be related to color correction in some ways, however strictly speaking, color correction deals majorly on a "correctional" aspect (white balancing, temperature changes, etc.) rather than a specific alteration that would otherwise be achieved when applied with color grading.

"With color grading, we can turn a motion picture or still image into different types of mood and time of the day, we can fake lens filters and distortions, highlight part of an image via bright spotting, remove red eye effects, denoise an image, add glares, and a lot more."

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