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Easy Movie Look in Photoshop With LUTs

Making images look like movie stills has always been a favourite of many, but with LUTs, or Look Up Tables, we can add a cinematic look in a click or two.


Step 1 :

With an image open, in this case #35090415 – Couple in sports car by Monkey Business at Fotolia, the first thing to do is crop it to a film ration of 16:9

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Adding a Look Up Table is easy, select the Adjustments panel or choose Window > Adjustments if it isn’t already on the screen.

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Step 3:

From the drop down menu choose an effect. Depending on your image some LUTs will work better than others so it’s worth giving a few a try;

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Step 4:

Because this is an Adjustment Layer you can change finesse this further. Maybe with a Blending Mode;

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Step 5:

And maybe reduce the Opacity if it’s a little strong;

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Step 6:

With the top layer selected click the bottom layer and right click. Choose Convert to Smart Object;

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Then choose Camera Raw Filter from the Filter menu

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Step 7:

There’s lots of tweaks we can make here, for this image I’m adding a Vignette;

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I’ll call it done … for now.



About Eric Renno (434 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

1 Comment on Easy Movie Look in Photoshop With LUTs

  1. Your tutorial is awesome and very informative.. go ahead..!!

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