Want to level up your color grading chops in After Effects? Watch these essential color grading tutorials to give your skills a boost.

Top image via Tom J. McCoy

Expert-level color grading skills are not something a video editor acquires overnight. It takes time and work to learn the detailed nuances and workflow tips and tricks to color grade at a professional level.

If you have a decent base of After Effects knowledge and at least a beginner’s level of understanding of color grading, one of the best ways to take the next step is to learn by watching the experts. Let’s check out a few After Effects color grading video tutorials from some of the best in the business.

Color Grading Made Easy

Color grading is important, but it doesn’t need to slow down your workflow too much. In this tutorial from ZENGen Learning, you can learn how to do some basic color grading techniques in After Effects without using any third-party plugins that slow down your rendering times.

Cross Process Color Grading

If you’re looking for some specific cinematic and popular styles with your color grades (and to a lesser extent, corrections), you can find some great tips and tricks in this tutorial from Evan Abrams at ECAbrams. He shows you how to use cross processing to give your viewers the illusion of watching old-school lo-fi film footage.

Color Grading Using Magic Bullet Looks

Tom J. McCoy’s video tutorial on working with Magic Bullet Looks highlights some of the program’s raw color grading power that can be harnessed alongside your After Effects compositions. You can see how he works with his neutrally shot footage to pull out deeply cinematic looks and styles which you can quickly learn to copy and add to your projects as well.

Advanced Hollywood Color Grading

If you’d like to try out some advanced Hollywood color grading techniques, then peep this tutorial by the talented Ignace Aleya to learn some higher-end tricks to add to your repertoire. Combine these tips with those learned above and you should be well on your way to becoming a professional yourself (if you aren’t already)!


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