02 Oct Lightroom and Photoshop to get Colour Grading

Source: Thomas Fitzgerald Photography

A recent technology demonstration from Adobe showed off a new feature coming to Camera RAW and Lightroom: Colour Grading. The applications will get a three way colour corrector similar to video editing applications, and a feature that has been present for some time in Capture One.

I saw some commentary on this on a few different places that I feel that I need to correct. The first was the accusation that Adobe was copying this feature from Capture One. While it is likely that they decided to add it to Lightroom because of its existence in Capture One, Capture One did not invent this feature. This has been a main stay of colour grading in professional editing systems since the 80s.

Secondly, I saw someone else saying that Capture One probably originally copied it from Adobe. That’s not true either.

The now standard three way colour corrector has been around for a long time. From what I can tell it was a feature of Davinci System’s telecine colour correction systems from the mid 80s. I don’t know if they invented it or not, but that’s one of the earliest references to the layout I can find. Davinci systems at the time was creating high end hardware colour correction systems for film and television production, and it later moved into software. That, you may have heard of – “Davinci Resolve”. This was bought by Blackmagic design in 2009 who radically dropped the price of the software and made

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