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Light Wrapture Setup v1a project file

Note: This is an updated version of a file included in the downloadable bundle for our Variable DIffusion plugin for After Effects. By downloading this single file here, you won't need to re-download the full plugin bundle.

Download Light Wrapture Setup v1a project file



If your version of this file is named "VDf Light Wrapture Setup.aep" then you probably want to replace it with this version, "VDf Light Wrapture Setup v1a.aep". The file can be found in the folder "IC Variable Diffusion Toolbox".

What's new:
We added a third control slider "Light Wrapture generated by keyed element also".

This gives you full control over whether the diffused light is generated by only the background or both the background and foreground/keyed elements. This is an especially useful control if your keyed element contains very bright areas.


Skin tone reference swatches

Note: These are also bundled & fully functional as part of the free demo of our Variable DIffusion plugin for After Effects.

Variable Diffusion free demo download page
Download IC Skin Tone Swatches

These two TIFF files can speed up and improve your color grade process, and can likely be used with whatever color grading software tool you prefer.

One contains a swatch with seven variations in luminance that align with the "skin tone line" on a vectorscope.

The other contains 52 varying skin tones sampled from actual people lit under a properly exposed key light.

The embedded color profile is (full-range) HDTV Rec. 709.



A few tips:
Layer them over footage as you grade, to help maintain consistency in skin tones as you work through your edit. A common problem in color grading is when each proceeding shot is unintentionally graded just slightly warmer/cooler/etcetera than the previous shot, and by the end of a scene the skin tones have drifted considerably from the beginning of the scene.

If working in Adobe After Effects, set the swatches as guide layers to prevent them from accidentally appearing in your render if you forget to turn their visibility off. To set a layer as a guide layer, right-click (or control-click) and select "Guide Layer." Also, setting their layer quality to draft will help a little with speed as you work.

If your color grade is more greenish/orangish/etcetera and forgoes "perfect" skin tones, you can mask a portion of the "Theoretical/Vectorscope" swatch that applies to the appropriate lightness, and apply a simple hue change to make it match your intended skin tone. Then proceed to use it as reference to maintain consistency in your grade.

Artist's RYB color wheel

Download IC RYB Color Wheel

The RYB (red, yellow, blue) color wheel (also known as the artist's color wheel) is the basis of most formal art and design color theory education. Though the standard RGB color wheel found in most softwares' color pickers is scientifically more accurate, RYB is still often preferred by formally educated artists and designers because many color schemes like triads and split complementaries yield more aesthetically pleasing results when derived from an RYB color wheel versus its RGB counterpart.



The most simplified way to discern the differences between RYB and RGB color wheels is to examine their opposing hues: for RGB, they are red/cyan, green/magenta, and blue/yellow. For RYB, they are red/green, yellow/purple, and blue/orange.

Included are versions for on-screen use (with the full-range HDTV Rec. 709 color profile embedded), and one optimized for printing out (CMYK), which is handy for mapping out color schemes with a pencil. Keep in mind that the CMYK version is unable to reproduce some of the most saturated hues because it is simulating the limitations of physical printing inks. They all also include the conventional RGB color wheel for comparison.

Please note that these are meant purely for perceptual reference and are NOT perfect representations of the respective color models.