Hi all! I know... Teal and Orange is in everything now... It's a madness. But know is freedom. I would know how give to images this extreme tones, and look "natural". In AE, if I use curves or I shift color, all go wrong. Is a Cinematography work, ever, or there's a secret?
It's called color grading and it's an art in itself. For the examples you gave there where hours and hours of hard work and immense computing power in systems like Davinci, plus the eye of a highly trained colorist.
However, Colorista from Red Giant can achieve pretty good results (as can Synthetic Apreture, but I'm a Colorista user/fan). Here's a link to some tutorials that can help: http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/social/colorista-ii-tutorials/
You sacrifice a lot of the control that you'd have with a full color grading system, so I wouldn't consider this a tool for nuance and expressiveness. If nuance isn't necessary, this could save you a lot of time.
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Thanks all. I tryed the tutorials suggested, but they look so "unprofessional"in the results,(and I know that it is time consuming...)I use Color Finesse and colorista too. I prefer After effects because I could make choices about how deep work in bit and How many effects to use and where. Is nice to use Magic Bullet or 3way in a video, but I Can't achieve the control that I have with AE.
I post 2 examples... http://exampleTandO_001.png http://exampleTandO_002.png
and this is the original: http://exampleTandO_003.png
Ok, the same shoot,It's not teal and orange but blue and skin. (I do it because the background of this factory was terrible. In blue all look better). I worked with AE, and I made masks for skin with key effect. What go wrong is, as you see, where the face is in the shadows. If I give it more tollerance I take background elements that are far from skin tones...
So, there's other instruments I Can use? Channels, Shadow/Medium/Highlights...
Thanks again for the fast response.
I did a quick test- you find the project link below. I used the file you posted and Colorista. I spent quite a few nights with a colorist working on grading and stealing the tips of her trade. One thing I learned is to go for a look and disregard things like "the skin tones need to look realistic". Color grading pushes the natural look into a artistic convention... I think the problem with your test was that you did not push the skintones more and you flattened the background in one color instead of tinting it and providing some depth with masks.