How to Use Magic Bullet Looks for Color Correction and Film Looks in After Effects Cs6
Magic Bullet Looks is a plugin that allows you to apply color correction and film looks to your footage in After Effects Cs6. It is part of the Magic Bullet Suite by Red Giant, which also includes other tools for color grading, skin smoothing, noise reduction and more. In this article, we will show you how to use Magic Bullet Looks for After Effects Cs6 to enhance your videos with cinematic style.
Step 1: Install Magic Bullet Looks
To use Magic Bullet Looks for After Effects Cs6, you need to install it on your computer. You can download it from the Red Giant website[^1^] or use the link provided by your purchase confirmation email. Once you have downloaded the installer, run it and follow the instructions to complete the installation. You will need to enter your serial number to activate the plugin.
Step 2: Apply Magic Bullet Looks to Your Footage
After installing Magic Bullet Looks, you can find it in the Effects menu in After Effects Cs6. To apply it to your footage, select the layer you want to edit and go to Effect > Red Giant > Magic Bullet Looks. This will open the Magic Bullet Looks interface, where you can see a preview of your footage and a toolchain on the right side.
Step 3: Choose a Preset or Create Your Own Look
Magic Bullet Looks comes with over 300 presets that you can use to quickly give your footage a specific look. You can browse through them by clicking on the Presets button at the top of the toolchain. You can also filter them by category, such as Cinematic, Film Stock, Grading and more. To apply a preset, simply drag and drop it onto your footage in the preview window.
If you want to create your own look, you can use the tools in the toolchain to adjust various aspects of your footage, such as exposure, contrast, color balance, saturation, curves and more. You can also add effects such as lens flares, vignettes, film grain and more. To add a tool, drag and drop it from the tool list at the bottom of the toolchain onto your footage in the preview window. You can then adjust its parameters using the sliders or controls on the right side.
Step 4: Save and Apply Your Look
Once you are happy with your look, you can save it as a preset for future use. To do this, click on the Save button at the top of the toolchain and give your preset a name and a category. You can also add a description and a thumbnail if you want. Your preset will be saved in the User folder under Presets.
To apply your look to your footage in After Effects Cs6, click on the OK button at the bottom of the Magic Bullet Looks interface. This will close the interface and apply your look as an effect on your layer. You can then render your composition or export it as a video file.
Magic Bullet Looks is a powerful plugin that lets you color correct and stylize your footage in After Effects Cs6. It offers a variety of presets and tools that you can use to create cinematic looks for your videos. You can also save your own looks as presets and reuse them later. Magic Bullet Looks is part of the Magic Bullet Suite by Red Giant[^2^], which also includes other plugins for color grading, skin smoothing, noise reduction and more.