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  • .psd file looks brighter once imported into AE

     Chris Voelz updated 1 week, 2 days ago 4 Members · 19 Posts
  • Eric Santiago

    April 1, 2021 at 3:47 pm
  • Spiridon Mekas

    April 1, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Brendon you are the boss! Thank you!

    It completely flew by me, it was a curves adjustment in a folder within a folder within a folder. I completely went in the other direction and got lost..

    Thank you very much!

  • Spiridon Mekas

    April 1, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks Eric, although it turned out that the problem was with the file having unbaked adjustment layer I will definitely check this out and look into color management some more.

    Thanks for your help, I appreciate it!

  • Eric Santiago

    April 1, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    I should have caught that when you mentioned the diff between flattened and PSD 🙂

    Hey, it’s always good to see these issues resolved.

    I learn a lot and it lets me research for myself.

  • Chris Voelz

    April 1, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Good call Eric, as I was catching up on the thread I had that exact same thought and there you were to suggest it. It always seems to be the littlest things that cause the biggest problems.

  • Spiridon Mekas

    April 1, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Well said Chris, you are exactly right.

    A lesson that somehow I have to learn and relearn time and time again.

    Thank you for replying,


  • Brendon Murphy

    April 2, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Happy to help!

    As far as the color management conversation – it’s good to understand it, but for most cases in AE, especially when working with graphics for display on the web, I recommend working in an unmanaged color space. This passes through the actual RGB values of your assets without otherwise manipulating the appearance. You can then make any necessary color transforms on layers within the comp.

    For instance, if you have a piece of log footage and a piece of linear footage, use OCIO to convert one asset WITHIN your composition, not under the hood, to get both assets into the same working color space. Similarly, you can always output a different color space at the end by applying a color transform to the final comp (precomp it, or add an adjustment layer to the top).

    I’ll note that these kinds of management acrobatics will almost never comp up when you’re working with RGB graphics (like something created in photoshop), and outputting to the web. Both your source and your output are sRGB… the working color space of computer monitors.

  • Spiridon Mekas

    April 2, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Hi Brendon, thanks again for your sharp deduction and problem solving!

    And thanks for this informative advice, I’ll definitely look into the subject more thoroughly.

    My work is for both web and TV so I work exactly as you describe, unmanaged – I check that the files i receive from designers are not cmyk – it does happen often! – and that’s about it. Then I deliver a file in a standard delivery or production format to a producer, technician or an editor and they take it from there.

    Sometimes i get very specific instructions from the producer or the network and i follow their instructions word by word. But that’s about it.

  • Chris Voelz

    April 2, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Amending my previous reply, meant to say Brendon. Just trying to give credit where credit is due.

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