Everyone loves the Instagram app for their phones. It’s a cool way to create vintage/retro photos with a tap of the finger. Seriously, people go nuts over these type of filters. A while back, Daniel Box, created Photoshop actions of these filters. They’re awesome. Just a click of the mouse, and you’ve “Instagrammed” your photo in Photoshop.
I wanted a way to use these in applications like After Effects or Final Cut Pro. An easy way to achieve a simple color change is by using Look-Up-Tables (LUTs). I’m not gonna dive too deep into what exactly a LUT is, but basically, it communicates color changes from different applications. Aharon Rabinowitz posted a tutorial video about using Red Giant Software’s LUT Buddy, a free application by RGS to create and apply LUTs. It’s pretty helpful in introducing someone to what a LUT is, and how they work.
I took Daniel Box’s Instagram Photoshop actions, and made them into LUTs and presets to use with video. They work wonderfully. Keep in mind. LUTs are a bit limited in their functionality; they cannot apply things that use masks or generators, such as vignettes, diffusion, blurs, etc. But they are still awesome. If you are looking for more vintage presets for After Effects with more features and control, check out my Vintage FX presets.
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How to use these presets.
For FCP7, Motion, and Premiere CS5
1. Download and install LUT Buddy from Red Giant Software. It’s free.
2. Apply the effect “LUT Buddy” to your footage, click Options, then Import LUT, then choose which effect you would like.
For After Effects
Download and install LUT Buddy from Red Giant Software. (If you are using AE CS5 or CS6, skip this step. You don’t need LUT Buddy)
Copy the corresponding “Instagram” presets folder into your application presets folder. (Applications/Adobe After Effects/Presets)
There are 2 different AE presets folders. One is for CS3-CS4, and the other is for CS5-CS6.
For Dacinci Resolve
Place the LUT files in library/application support/blackmagic design/davinci resolve/LUT/CineSpace