1. How to Install and Activate Look Designer 2 

Here there are links about how to install and activate Look Designer 2.3:

Mac:  How to Install and Activate LD 2.1 Mac

PC:     How to Install and Activate LD 2.1 PC

Uninstall Beta Version - Mac and PC:   Uninstall Beta Version

1.1 Download the Mac version from your account on https://www.colourlab.ai



1.2 Unzip and Double-Click on the PKG file to start the installation



1.3 Create a Node on Resolve and Load LD2.3

Now on DaVinci Resolve go to Color Page, in the Timeline click on the Clip you want to operate, and in the node tree create a second node, shortcut⌥S, where you will load LD2.3 OFX Plugin.
To do that, go to the Open FX tab and in the Library search field digit Look Designer 2.3, then Drag the Plug-in and Drop it on the second node.
We recommend you use LD2.3 on the second node, leaving the first node for CDL.




1.4 Activate LD2.3

Scroll down the OFX options and click on  "License". Copy and paste your key in and hit Activate.






2. Set Camera Profile and Output Profile

After inserting the OFX Plug-in of Look Designer 2.3 on a node (it's always preferable to leave the first node free, ex: CDL or Primaries), you need to do the first thing to set your Camera Profile and Output Profile.

Camera Profile is determined by the type of camera that was used to record.

Output Profile by default is set to REC709, but you can change it according to your needs.




2.1 List of Camera Input Profiles that supported on LD 2.3 

This is the List of Input Camera that we support.
You must select the right  Camera Input Profile to get the best performance from Look Designer 2.3



BMD Gen 1 3200K

BMD Gen 1 5600k

BMD Gen 3 3200K

BMD Gen 3 5600K

BMD Gen 4

Canon Log1

Canon Log2 709

Canon Log3 709

Canon Log3 Cinema Gamut

DaVinci WG

DJI DLog DGamut


Film IC PRO Log3

Film Scan

FUJI FLog FGamut

GoPro Protune

iPhone12 Dolby HDR

Nikon Z6

Panasonic Vlog

REC 709



RED Legacy Dragon 2 RED Log Film

SONY Slog2 SGamut

SONY Slog3 SGamut Cine


2.2 List of Available Output Profile


REC 709



DaVinci WG

Film Scan

HDR Netflix PD365 PQ1000

HDR10 REC2020 PQ1000


P3 D65 SDR




3.Gamut Limit Controls

Gamut Limit controls are used when certain colors, most often very saturated and bright that are close to or outside the gamut of the camera's sensor, and when a grade or ODT is applied a clipping occurs when the color is "out of Gamut". Most often this occurs when filming neon lights and sometimes very bright, red taillights on some cameras. Gamut Limit controls allow you to correct this issue.
You can enable the Gamut Limit control by checking the "Enable" box and simply dragging one of the three RGB sliders or numbers.







4.Choose the type of Contrast

After you set the Input Profile and the Output Profile, you need to choose the type of Contrast you want to use.
The Contrast Option menu can be found between the Input Profile and Output Profile.  
The Contrast Option allows you to choose one of the many Contrast Curves available on LD 2.3, and with the Contrast Intensity, you can control the amount of the Contrast you want to apply to your image, be gentle because it's very sensitive control.





5. Select your Negative and Print Format

If you desire, you can also choose the Negative Stock and Print Stock format.


5.1 Negative Stock

You can choose what type of emulation of Negative you want to use; you can select between Negative Stock, Major, or Minor The choice will activate the corresponding drop-down menu where you can choose what type of Negative Matrix emulation reel you want to use. 
The Negative Intensity slider allows you can control the amount of Negative Stock you want to apply to your image.


Overview of Negative Stock:



Overview of Major:



Overview of Minor:



5.2 Print Stock

You can choose what type of emulation of Print Stock you want to use in the Print drop-down menu.
The Print slider allows you control the amount of Print Stock you want to apply to your image.

Overview of Print Stock:







6. Film Print Emulation and Bleach Bypass Post Processing


In Look Designer 2.3  we have included two Post Processing options: The FPE (Film Print Emulation) and the ENR (Bleach Bypass).
Enable the Post Processing by clicking the Enable Post Processing checkbox and then select the post process that fits for you and manage it by dragging the slider in a range from 0 to 1.000.


FPE (Film Print Emulation)

The FPE post-process allows you to transform your image as if were printed on film stock.

ENR (Bleach Bypass)

ENR is a proprietary Technicolor process (originally developed for Vittorio Storaro in Technicolor Rome by three employees with initials E, N & R). It is one of the many bleach retention processes: after the bleach bath in the pos process, the film is passed through a black and white developer which reconverts the bleached silver ions to silver, which is not removed in the fixer. The result is a very contrasty and desaturated image, with particularly rich blacks but subdued colors.






7. Fine your Look with Subtractive Color

Look Designer 2.3 allows you to work with the power of Subtractive Color. The Subtractive Color works differently than the Printer Lights.

When you decreasing the density you make an Image brighter, contrariwise when you Increasing the density you make an image darker but still increase saturation.

You need to compensate for the exposure loss by increasing the Push/Pull.
The CMY Master slider affects all the three-channels at the same time. Each of the CyanMagenta, and Yellow sliders affect the corresponding channel by subtracting the other two. 
You can also check the box Bypass CMY to bypass the Subtractive Color.


For example: by increasing the Yellow, I subtract the Blue channel at the same time



8. Push/Pull

In the Push/Pull section, you can adjust your image's exposure without applying a non-linear distortion.

The Push/Pull on Look Designer 2.3 is the corresponding and gives you the same results as the  Master Wheel Offset in the Primaries Bars on DaVinci Resolve.

The slider allows you to regain the exposure lost with the usage of the Subtractive Colors.

You can also check the box Bypass PL to bypass the printer




9. Lift - Gamma - Gain & Temperature - Saturation Controls

In Look Designer 2.3 you can also adjust your image by using Lift Gamma Gain controls.
Each section allows you to work with the Master Slider or the single Red, Green, and Blue Channel Slider. 
Every section has its own bypass box - Bypass Lift, Bypass Gamma, and Bypass Gain.


Below the LGG tabs, you can find the slider's control of Temperature and Saturation.
Temperature allows you to balance your Look for a certain type of White Light.
Saturation allows you to adjust the overall Saturation of the Look
Both controls have their corresponding Bypass Temperature and Bypass Saturation





10.Export your LUT

After you finished building your Look, you can save and Export your LUT.
It's very simple and easy to do, you only need to choose if you want to Export your 3D LUT in 33 Point Cube by clicking on the button Export LUT 33, or if you want to Export your 3D LUT
in 65 Point Cube by clicking on the button Export LUT 65. 
Normally 33 Point Cube is for Camera and 65 Point Cube is for Post- Production.
The .cube  file, you can also rename it if you want, will be saved on this path folder Library => Application Support => Blackmagic Design => DaVinci Resolve => LUT => Colourlab
so you can use it according to your needs.



May the Color Be with You


We hope this tutorial has been helpful to you.

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