Here’s a look I did a good while ago (almost a year and a half ago), but it’s remained one of my favorite looks I’ve done. I wanted to do a variation on the blockbuster look so the subject would pop, but at the time I was fascinated (for some reason) with finding a way to incorporate purple well in a look. This is how I managed to pull it off…
This was what I started with:
I’m not going to break down how I balanced it. If you’ve been reading this site long enough, you know a few tools to do that. Here’s the balanced image:
Now for the look. First is to adjust the shadows. After doing a bit of experimenting and seeing as how purple was closer to the bluish hue to push into the shadows in the Blockbuster look than the orange you pull back in, the shadows seemed the best place to get that purple worked in like I wanted.
Now we’ll pull it back in the mids:
Now I’m going to do something a little unusual for the sake of the overall look. I want the background to be just a little bit warmer, so we’ll put little orange in the highlights to warm the background:
Now we’ll pull a key to get the skin tones where they belong:
Lastly, an edge vignette to focus attention on the subject:
Here’s an example of a close up with the same look applied:
There you go! One of my favorite looks. It’s not going to work on every shot, as this grade is highly dependent on the production design, but I’ll still make it available for download.
Attached is the Apple Color secondary for this look. You will probably have to adjust this for your shot, but it should work as a good base. The 1st secondary is blank so that you can balance in the primaries, then make any other adjustments necessary to make it look good in S1. As usual, feel free to use this look in your projects all you want, but please don’t share or distribute this preset. Instead, send them here to get it.