Consistent Color Correction

Using an adjustment layer is a great way to add color correction to all layers in a composition. But what if you have 10-20 or EVEN 23 shots that use the same color correction settings?

You could copy the adjustment layer to every composition, but what if you make changes to the color treatment throughout the project? You would have to copy the new settings again and again, plus make sure that every comp had the latest recipe.

But, what if you could use ONE layer to rule control them all?

Here is a handy solution. Select your adjustment layer and pre-compose it into a NEW COMP, then inside of the current work comp, turn on the continuous rasterization switch (see image) for the new color correction comp. This will force the adjustment layer to interact with the layers below, just like before. Copy this color correction comp to your other shots for project-wide color continuity. Then when you need to change the color settings, simply open the comp and your adjustments will update in all comps.

Here is a sample project to see the setup.
Download Project

78 RESPONSES TO "CONSISTENT COLOR CORRECTION"
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:36 am
nice done is this an plugin or only an tip
JUSIDALU
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:41 am
thanks!! great advice!! I'm going to use it immediately
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:42 am
Andrew my man you never cease to amaze me.
Thanks for everything.

God Bless
Bobby
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:42 am
I've used this technique for several months now. Makes things a bit easier.
David K.
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:44 am
thz for the tip Andrew.
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:46 am
thx Andrew!
U R the best ;)
going to try!
BASSI3
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:49 am
yet another handy dandy trick! Thanks, this will definitely help.
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:49 am
Hey whens the new experimental video tutorial comin out?
Think that ones gonna be a hit personally. YOU DA MAN!!!!
Sector13
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:50 am
lol, love the 'rule them all' part
Kael
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:53 am
I do so love these workflow tips. They always cause a "Why didn't I think of that??" smack-my-forehead feeling. :D
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:58 am
Good to know! Thanks for the tip.
March 2nd, 2009 @ 11:04 am
Wasn't that clear? I allways knew it and used it quiet often... nothing exiting... old stuff
David W.
March 2nd, 2009 @ 11:06 am
Sweeet! Thanks for the awesome tips. :)
Jesse B.
March 2nd, 2009 @ 11:10 am
Thanks Andrew, this is very useful and saves time :)
March 2nd, 2009 @ 11:12 am
ok mr. dark Lord, it was bad enough you tried to rule all of middle earth with one ring, but now this?!
Matt in MO.
March 2nd, 2009 @ 11:26 am
duh! why didn't I think of that???
March 2nd, 2009 @ 11:37 am
It's the little things that make me happy! This is one of those priceless tips. Thanks again AK & VC....
MELLE
March 2nd, 2009 @ 11:47 am
nice....nice!Greetings from Germany....It's 8:46 pm here
Husse
March 2nd, 2009 @ 11:53 am
Great little tip!
Pre Comps rock and so do you Andrew!
March 2nd, 2009 @ 12:22 pm
THanks, buddy!
I need this!
You good!
Yah!
March 2nd, 2009 @ 12:33 pm
Thanks for the tip. The grass always looked greener on the other side until now.
weed
March 2nd, 2009 @ 12:34 pm
cool
Patrick
March 2nd, 2009 @ 12:42 pm
Cool, i didnt know that, thanks a bunch..
Tim
March 2nd, 2009 @ 12:50 pm
question: why are u the man andrew?
AndrewYY
March 2nd, 2009 @ 1:03 pm
genius! :D
Charley
March 2nd, 2009 @ 1:21 pm
Good thinkin'.
March 2nd, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
great tip! thanks, Andrew!
Clayton Light
March 2nd, 2009 @ 2:25 pm
Honestly, I'm not quite certain I understand. This might be an occasion for one of your quickie-style tuts.
Thanks
c
zuza
March 2nd, 2009 @ 2:36 pm
great tip!

Tnx A.K.
March 2nd, 2009 @ 3:03 pm
Great tip! Thanks man.
Lyndon
March 2nd, 2009 @ 3:11 pm
once again, a very handy and straight forward tip that nails it. thank you drew :)
March 2nd, 2009 @ 3:41 pm
once again, thank you
Bilal
March 2nd, 2009 @ 4:40 pm
Thank You!
Joel Loukus
March 2nd, 2009 @ 5:37 pm
This is going to help, a lot.
March 2nd, 2009 @ 7:09 pm
I'm sorry, but I don't see the point of this?
March 2nd, 2009 @ 7:11 pm
Oh, now I get it.

But I don't think it's a good idea to use the same values for different shots, I usually adjust them individually for each shot.
nynex
March 2nd, 2009 @ 7:23 pm
Never thought about that thanks!
Andrei
March 2nd, 2009 @ 9:29 pm
Ha-ha! Neat idea!
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:36 pm
That's what I'm talking about...Andrew....we need more tricks like this on your blog not only one every week !!!
& Thanks for this one ;).
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:42 pm
thanks andrew
choroloco
March 2nd, 2009 @ 11:13 pm
great tip thx
March 3rd, 2009 @ 12:42 am
mmmh...very simple and useful advice ^^
Thanks!!
Infaas
March 3rd, 2009 @ 12:51 am
thanks for the insight AK but don't know if I'll ever use it:)
illd
March 3rd, 2009 @ 2:13 am
Clever+smart.
March 3rd, 2009 @ 2:13 am
Great Andrew!!! Thanks!
sam
March 3rd, 2009 @ 2:37 am
u never stop rocking! do you?
Frodo Baggins
March 3rd, 2009 @ 6:52 am
Hahahah, one layer to rule them all, nice.
March 3rd, 2009 @ 8:05 am
YES!
I am already using this in a project I am doing!!!!!
Thanks!
A1
March 3rd, 2009 @ 8:16 am
Genius!
Thorsten M.
March 3rd, 2009 @ 8:17 am
pretty cool
Sandy
March 3rd, 2009 @ 8:39 am
ur the only ONE AE-Genius
March 3rd, 2009 @ 8:43 am
thanks for the tip. can't wait to try it for my new movie.
Matt
March 3rd, 2009 @ 8:49 am
Amazing.. thanks again.. tutorial anytime soon? can't wait to much to handle.
slashcr
March 3rd, 2009 @ 9:15 am
El Maestro de Maestros ha hablado....
Oscar
March 3rd, 2009 @ 11:38 am
Thank you, good advice- looks like you have some fans here 8)
March 3rd, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
Nice... thanks man
March 3rd, 2009 @ 2:17 pm
easy solution to big problem!!

great idea, cool stuff.
Cor
March 3rd, 2009 @ 2:27 pm
tanks...you still rule
Haxn
March 3rd, 2009 @ 8:38 pm
smart...
Julian
March 3rd, 2009 @ 11:20 pm
Thanks! Been needing this, I've been doing it the long way, one layer to rule them all mwahahahahaha!
Johanan
March 4th, 2009 @ 3:11 am
Best tip ever!
Ryan
March 4th, 2009 @ 4:46 am
Hey, I have no idea what this is doing, can't you already do this with an adjustment layer?

Someone mind filling me in about whats different?
Ryan
March 4th, 2009 @ 4:49 am
Ahhh...right i see what your getting at
bumblefidelity
March 4th, 2009 @ 5:32 am
You really are the king of the king, Andrew...
my master... my king... my true hero....
Andrew Kramer!!! I salute you...
aarrghh
Jay
March 4th, 2009 @ 7:53 am
Very cool. I also experimented with placing a shape such as a feathered circle in the "Color Correction" precomp and keyframed it to cross the frame like a sun behind the clouds. Very handy to maintain continuity between shots.
March 4th, 2009 @ 8:25 am
Wow I wish I would have known this about 6 months ago for a project I was working on. Would have saved me quite a bit of stress. Thanks for the tip!
March 4th, 2009 @ 8:31 am
Clever boy!! Thanks, Andrew!
ROb
March 4th, 2009 @ 1:02 pm
Cheers! I'm just finishing off my first commercial project and then heard word of Broadcast Safe Colours!! This will be a life saver... Amazing work!!
Kai
March 4th, 2009 @ 2:02 pm
oh....right.....
i knew that.
Great tip, andrew
Omar
March 4th, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
ugh i like this methode, thx very much :)
Russ
March 4th, 2009 @ 7:59 pm
It's little tips like this the save an enormous amount of valuable time.

Thanks.
March 4th, 2009 @ 9:30 pm
thx andrew...

cool tip...
David W.
March 5th, 2009 @ 5:56 am
Nice tip!
Mukul
March 5th, 2009 @ 11:12 am
thnx andrew!
cool tip,you save valuable time.
Kiwi
March 6th, 2009 @ 5:43 pm
One layer to rule them all!!
March 7th, 2009 @ 12:17 am
I maybe missing the point, but atleast for my workflow, all my various comps/pre-comps end up being comped together into a "final master comp" which is just the one layer with everything comp'd into it. It's clean and efficent to me that way. Then you can toss the color correction over this master comp if you need an overall color correct.

My way makes one more comp, but it eliminates a layer to wonder about in the nth number of comps.
March 8th, 2009 @ 3:39 am
great tip!
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