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

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6 years ago
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78 Comments

6 years ago
great tip!
6 years ago
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.
Kiwi
6 years ago
One layer to rule them all!!
Mukul
6 years ago
thnx andrew!
cool tip,you save valuable time.
David W.
6 years ago
Nice tip!
6 years ago
thx andrew...

cool tip...
Russ
6 years ago
It's little tips like this the save an enormous amount of valuable time.

Thanks.
Omar
6 years ago
ugh i like this methode, thx very much :)
Kai
6 years ago
oh....right.....
i knew that.
Great tip, andrew
ROb
6 years ago
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!!
6 years ago
Clever boy!! Thanks, Andrew!
6 years ago
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!
Jay
6 years ago
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.
bumblefidelity
6 years ago
You really are the king of the king, Andrew...
my master... my king... my true hero....
Andrew Kramer!!! I salute you...
aarrghh
Ryan
6 years ago
Ahhh...right i see what your getting at
Ryan
6 years ago
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?
Johanan
6 years ago
Best tip ever!
Julian
6 years ago
Thanks! Been needing this, I've been doing it the long way, one layer to rule them all mwahahahahaha!
Haxn
6 years ago
smart...
Cor
6 years ago
tanks...you still rule
6 years ago
easy solution to big problem!!

great idea, cool stuff.
6 years ago
Nice... thanks man
Oscar
6 years ago
Thank you, good advice- looks like you have some fans here 8)
slashcr
6 years ago
El Maestro de Maestros ha hablado....
Matt
6 years ago
Amazing.. thanks again.. tutorial anytime soon? can't wait to much to handle.
6 years ago
thanks for the tip. can't wait to try it for my new movie.
Sandy
6 years ago
ur the only ONE AE-Genius
Thorsten M.
6 years ago
pretty cool
A1
6 years ago
Genius!
6 years ago
YES!
I am already using this in a project I am doing!!!!!
Thanks!
Frodo Baggins
6 years ago
Hahahah, one layer to rule them all, nice.
sam
6 years ago
u never stop rocking! do you?
6 years ago
Great Andrew!!! Thanks!
illd
6 years ago
Clever+smart.
Infaas
6 years ago
thanks for the insight AK but don't know if I'll ever use it:)
6 years ago
mmmh...very simple and useful advice ^^
Thanks!!
choroloco
6 years ago
great tip thx
6 years ago
thanks andrew
6 years ago
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 ;).
Andrei
6 years ago
Ha-ha! Neat idea!
nynex
6 years ago
Never thought about that thanks!
6 years ago
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.
6 years ago
I'm sorry, but I don't see the point of this?
Joel Loukus
6 years ago
This is going to help, a lot.
Bilal
6 years ago
Thank You!
6 years ago
once again, thank you
Lyndon
6 years ago
once again, a very handy and straight forward tip that nails it. thank you drew :)
6 years ago
Great tip! Thanks man.
zuza
6 years ago
great tip!

Tnx A.K.
Clayton Light
6 years ago
Honestly, I'm not quite certain I understand. This might be an occasion for one of your quickie-style tuts.
Thanks
c
6 years ago
great tip! thanks, Andrew!
Charley
6 years ago
Good thinkin'.
AndrewYY
6 years ago
genius! :D
Tim
6 years ago
question: why are u the man andrew?
Patrick
6 years ago
Cool, i didnt know that, thanks a bunch..
weed
6 years ago
cool
6 years ago
Thanks for the tip. The grass always looked greener on the other side until now.
6 years ago
THanks, buddy!
I need this!
You good!
Yah!
Husse
6 years ago
Great little tip!
Pre Comps rock and so do you Andrew!
MELLE
6 years ago
nice....nice!Greetings from Germany....It's 8:46 pm here
6 years ago
It's the little things that make me happy! This is one of those priceless tips. Thanks again AK & VC....
Matt in MO.
6 years ago
duh! why didn't I think of that???
6 years ago
ok mr. dark Lord, it was bad enough you tried to rule all of middle earth with one ring, but now this?!
Jesse B.
6 years ago
Thanks Andrew, this is very useful and saves time :)
David W.
6 years ago
Sweeet! Thanks for the awesome tips. :)
6 years ago
Wasn't that clear? I allways knew it and used it quiet often... nothing exiting... old stuff
6 years ago
Good to know! Thanks for the tip.
Kael
6 years ago
I do so love these workflow tips. They always cause a "Why didn't I think of that??" smack-my-forehead feeling. :D
Sector13
6 years ago
lol, love the 'rule them all' part
6 years ago
Hey whens the new experimental video tutorial comin out?
Think that ones gonna be a hit personally. YOU DA MAN!!!!
BASSI3
6 years ago
yet another handy dandy trick! Thanks, this will definitely help.
6 years ago
thx Andrew!
U R the best ;)
going to try!
David K.
6 years ago
thz for the tip Andrew.
Bobby
6 years ago
I've used this technique for several months now. Makes things a bit easier.
6 years ago
Andrew my man you never cease to amaze me.
Thanks for everything.

God Bless
JUSIDALU
6 years ago
thanks!! great advice!! I'm going to use it immediately
6 years ago
nice done is this an plugin or only an tip
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