Artistic color grading

Some more color grading, but of the artistic kind.

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After:

Here’s how this was achieved, using only Vegas’ built-in plugins. Place the same picture twice in the timeline, once on the top video track and once on the video track below it. Change the composite mode on the top video track to “Overlay”. On the top video track apply these plugins, in that order. This effect is better used on pictures with simple backgrounds and few colors.

To get the following “sketching” look, do the same thing as above, but change the template of the “Gaussian blur” plugin to “Light Blur”, and add the “Color Corrector” plugin on the bottom video track: set Saturation to 1.500 and Gamma to 0.500. Everything else is the same as above.

Finally, the “ghost haunting” look. To get this look, do the same as in the first paragraph above, but change the Curves plugin to look like this instead.

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After:

Because each scene has different lighting you might need to modify the Curves accordingly to achieve a uniformed look.

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chan wrote on December 1st, 2007 at 5:19 AM PST:

the lady in the first picture…looks like she has a beard after you were done with it.nice site you have here, read up some of your posts


Marshall wrote on December 1st, 2007 at 10:45 PM PST:

Do it to a video…and make it look good. Alot harder than pictures.


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Eugenia wrote on December 1st, 2007 at 11:41 PM PST:

Sure it is, but if you have a scene properly and evenly lit, it is almost the same thing. I don’t have such scene because I don’t have lights and a studio. But some do.


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