Post Production

Classic Course: Automatic Color Adjustments

With a little thought, these “auto” color correction effects can improve the look of some footage.

All too often, you will get footage that is not lit that well, or which has a color shift. And not everyone is skilled at color correction. So you can be forgiven for occasionally reaching for a plug-in that promises an automatic solution.

Some of the oldest ones in Adobe After Effects are Auto Color, Levels, and Contrast, all based on their Photoshop counterparts. Do they work? More importantly, how do they work? We cover that in the two movies below from our old Insight Into Effects course:

Auto Color versus Auto Levels:

Auto Contrast versus Auto Levels:


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Chris & Trish Meyer founded Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion) in the very earliest days of the desktop motion graphics industry. Their design and animation work has appeared on shows and promos for CBS,…

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