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How to Install and Use LUTs in Premiere Pro

How to Install and Use LUTs in Premiere Pro step by step tutorial.

Using LUTs can be helpful when color grading footage in Premiere Pro. With lookup tables, you are able to get a good color base and can build from that point to grade your entire project. I usually like to edit clip by clip to account for light/color inconsistencies.

In this tutorial, I will be covering the basics of how to install and use LUTs in Premiere Pro. There are two main methods for doing so. The first, which involves inputting LUTs individually, makes it easy to add a LUT to your video quickly. The second method, which involves copying the LUT files to another folder, takes a little longer, but has some key benefits. Your LUTs will be added to Premiere Pro permanently following this method allowing you to quickly load any LUT that you have already copied into Premiere.

More on that below, first learn how to use LUTs in Premiere Pro quickly through the Lumetri Color Panel.

1. Import Footage

Start by importing your videos or open a recent project. Once you have your clips ready to go, navigate to the Color Tab and look for Basic Correction.

premiere pro cc import footage

2. Input Custom LUTs

In the Basic Correction section, you’ll see a button titled ‘Input LUT’ with the clickable word ‘None’ next to it. Click this button and then click Browse.

Import LUTs Lumetri Color Panel in Premiere Pro CC

Clicking ‘Browse’ will open up your folders. Navigate to the desired LUT you downloaded to apply it to your clip. I will be using these free cinematic LUTs for this project.

Once applied, you can see the effects of the LUT on your footage. You’ll also see the color waveforms change in your Lumetri Scopes tab to give you an idea of how the LUT affects your clip.

From here you can adjust the White Balance, Tone, Highlights/Shadows, and more to get your clip just right.

Learn how to use LUTs in Premiere Pro with this step by step tutorial.

Copying LUTs into Premiere Pro

If you want to add LUTs to Premiere Pro permanently so you can just select them rather than look them up within your folders, you can do that too. Here are the steps to do so on a Mac. I’ve included the files paths for both Mac and PC below.

2019 Update from Adobe

Special thanks to Wes Howell from Adobe for the insightful comment. Below are the updated and recommended instructions for adding multiple LUTs in Adobe Premiere Pro 12.1:

“Basically, you create new shared folders for the LUTs and then you can simply add your LUTs to them.”

Custom LUT directories

Available only to the local user

Create LUTs folder and then 2 folders within that folder at the following location:

Per user directory:

Mac Users

/Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Creative

/Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Technical

Windows Users

C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Creative

C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Technical

Or use these directories if you’d like to make LUTs available to all users

Mac Users

/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Creative

/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Technical

Windows Users

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Creative

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Technical

5. Apply pre-loaded LUTs from the Lumetri Color Tab in Premiere.

creative LUTs Premiere Pro

If your LUTs are not showing up when you try to load one from the dropdown, make sure you are under ‘Creative’. The pre-loaded LUTs show up in the Creative section of Lumetri Color, not the Basic Correction section.

This gives you the added benefit of being able to adjust the intensity of your LUT making it less or more intense from the current state.

Creative Tab in Premiere Pro Color Panel

File Paths for Premiere Pro LUTs

Mac: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Creative

PC: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Creative

Video Tutorial: How to Import/Apply LUTs in Premiere Pro

Hope this article was able to help you use LUTs in Premiere Pro! If you have a question about any of the steps or run into errors/issues, feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to help you out.

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22 thoughts on “How to Install and Use LUTs in Premiere Pro

  1. Hey Mike,
    in CS 6 (as Olukayode uses) there is no such thing as Lumetri… Think you missd the important part of his question…

    @ Olukayode: maybe you gotta do the same as I (seem) to have to do… using Davinci Resolve for the LUTs – at least the .cube ones – and Export from Premiere to DaVinci and back….

    But looking for a direct usage in Premiere CS6 as well… If I find a solution, I’ll write it here.

  2. The way you describe adding multiple LUTs can actually cause a lot of problems. I realize that you may not have been aware of this when you created the tutorial. Just pointing it out.

    Why? The problems come especially when working with others or with multiple systems as the order of the LUTs might be different in other systems causing unexpected behavior.

    With that said, Adobe has developed a new feature for adding multiple LUTs with 12.1. Go here: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/whats-new.html Look for the section, “Lumetri Color Custom LUT directory” to set it up. It’s very simple.

    Basically, you create folders for the LUTs and just drag them in. That way, you can avoid hacking into the app package, which is not approved by Adobe. Full disclosure, I work in Adobe Support for digital video software.

    Custom LUT directories
    Available only to the local user

    Mac
    /Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Creative
    /Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Technical

    WIN
    C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Creative
    C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Technical

    Available to all users

    Mac
    /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Creative
    /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Technical

    WIN
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Creative
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Technical

    Thanks!

    • I have LUT presets and after updating to the latest adobe premier pro, I can’t see the luts in the software when I’m colour grading. When you say create a folder and drag them in, where exactly do you drag them into? Hope you can help me with this. Thank you!

  3. Awesome post! I just did this and it worked on great (CC 2017). Kevin, is there a way to do this in-app procedure for CC 2017 without hacking into package contents, or is that just for CC 2018? CC 2018 is still absurdly buggy so I’m not touching it for a good long while…

    • Ben,
      This is a feature of 12.1, so it won’t work with 12.0 or earlier. You can avoid hacking package contents, but you have to add LUTs one at a time with the Browse function. Not ideal but at least you will have reliable results and not that crazy behavior where your LUTs are out of order. 12.1.2 is working pretty well for me, actually. You just have to watch out for those old QT 32 files!

  4. This page really should be updated to remove the recommendations to hack the application directory. It is not supported and unfortunately, it has caused a lot of problems for users.

    The new workflow provides a better experience and eliminates many bad bugs. Can you please consider updating the page?

    Many thanks,

    Wes Howell
    Adobe Systems

    • Hi Wes,

      Are you referring to the section about copying LUTs into Premiere Pro through the application folders? How is this considered hacking?

      Can you elaborate on the new workflow? Would be happy to update this article to make things easier for Premiere Pro users.

      Thanks,

      Mike Moloney
      Founder of FilterGrade

      • Wes is an engineer for the application, so he is referring to tampering with the app package, which should not be done by users, in general. In other words, just because you can do something, does not mean you should. Basically, it can cause unexpected behavior with LUTs, etc.

      • Hi Mike,

        Thanks for the reply. It’s not a supported workflow and modifying package contents is generally not a good idea. :). Thank you for your offer to help clear this up. It seriously will eliminate many issues for users.

        Adobe developed a new feature for adding multiple LUTs with 12.1.

        Basically, you create new shared folders for the LUTs and then you can simply add your LUTs to them.

        Custom LUT directories
        Available only to the local user

        Create LUTs folder and then 2 folders within that folder at the following location:

        Per user directory:
        Mac
        /Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Creative
        /Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Technical
        WIN
        C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Creative
        C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Technical

        Or use these directories if you’d like to make LUTs available to all users
        Mac
        /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Creative
        /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/LUTs/Technical
        WIN
        C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Creative
        C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\LUTs\Technical

        Please let me know if you need any further info or clarification. Happy to lend a hand.

        Thank you very much.
        Wes Howell
        Adobe

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