Create a custom LUT with Photoshop

//Create a custom LUT with Photoshop

Premiere Pro Lumetri allows us to import a custom LUT as a look for our videos. But have you ever wondered how to create your own?

A LUT or Lookup Tabel is a wonderful little file that can alter the colors of our videos in amazing different ways. Simply said; it are color presets. LUT’s can be used to conform a flat log image to a neutral look or to create specific looks.
These LUT’s can be added from the Lumetri panel within Premiere Pro. You can eitehr chose from a list of default looks or import a custom LUT. These custom LUT’s can by found all over the internet but we can also create our own LUT.

Ideal we might wanna export our custom settings from Lumetri, but it’s not possible (yet). Therefore we use Adobe Photoshop where we can create adjustment layers to create a specific look. From the export menu we can then easily export the adjustments as a lookup table. It’s that simple!

Unfortunately we are limited to only using the adjustment layers if we would like to export to a LUT. But I came across an interesting (and free) program called IWLTBAP LUT generator. It allows you to copy any settings to a HALD image which is created by the program. That means we can use the camera raw filter from Adobe Photoshop and copy those settings to the HALD image. Next the program uses the HALD image to generate the LUT file.

This idea allows us to generate a LUT from basicly anything. The website has tons of tutorials on how to use it with different programs like Lightroom or match the look of two cameras this way.

Import the LUT in Premiere Pro

As you know we can easily important the LUT in Lumetri, but there’s also a way to have it in your LUT’s list everytime you open Premiere Pro. For that you’ll need to place the LUT file into a specific folder.


C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.3\Lumetri\LUTs\Creative

Premiere Pro’s version in the path might be different for you


Applications/Premiere Pro CC 2015

Then right click and say “Show Package Contents”


2018-04-17T15:06:40+00:00August 2nd, 2016|Premiere Pro Tutorials|2 Comments

About the Author:

Graduated in 2012 from filmschool, I immediately started as freelance cameraman for commercial work. Quickly I was noticed by educational platform Tuts+, where I made over 25 online courses about film making and video editing. Here is where the passion started for sharing my experience on Youtube since 2014.


  1. Abdallah August 17, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

    IWLTBAP LUT generator it is not free .

  2. anxin November 4, 2016 at 6:47 am - Reply


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