Color Grading

LUT Theory & Creation


Color Grading

LUT Theory & Creation


6 Lessons

1+ hours of
instructional video

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6 Lessons

1+ hours of
instructional video

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Learn how to create Lookup Tables (LUTs) like an expert!

Master Colorist Dave Cole demonstrates how to create Lookup Tables (LUTs) starting with the theory behind them. Then, he reveals how he generates his own LUTs as a top specialist in his field and manicures them to work for his specific needs.

Throughout the course, you can expect to learn about the theory of working with LUTs, starting at the basics before Dave details essential tools for your LUT toolset and how to keep LUTs consistent. After that, Dave takes you through how to build a LUT and then breaks down how to perfect the image with digital exposure while working with negatives and handling noise reduction.

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  • 01-What is a LUT? 
  • 02-LUT Toolset
  • 03-LUT Consistency
  • 04-Building a LUT
  • 05-Digital Exposure with Negatives
  • 06-Noise Reduction

About The Mentor

David Cole began his career in 1996 in Melbourne, Australia in the telecine department of AAV Digital Pictures. While maintaining his position as a colorist, his role expanded to Technical Director of Digital Film. He also assisted in the visual effects department as a Technical Director, writing scripts and other tools for the CG group.

In 2001, Cole joined The Post House Ltd in Wellington, New Zealand, as a Lead Digital Colourist on Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, and over the next several years helped pioneer DI in Australia and New Zealand. In 2004, Cole joined Weta Digital as Supervising and Lead Digital Colourist, setting up and leading the DI division for Peter Jackson’s King Kong, for which he earned a nomination for Outstanding Color Grading – Feature film, from the Hollywood Post Alliance Awards in its inaugural year.

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