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Color Correction Look Book: Creative Grading Techniques for Film and Video by Alexis Van Hurkman

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Chapter 12. Glows, Blooms, and Gauze Looks

If you’re looking to add a touch of light and intensity to a clip, you can create one of several kinds of glow effects. The key is in choosing the effect that best matches the image at hand.

Subtle glows can simulate the way that highlights in exposed film bloom, rather than clip, as with video. Film bloom is a soft glow that emanates from and surrounds overexposed regions in the image, and it is often deliberately induced by the DP because of its stylized look. Adding glow to overexposed video highlights can somewhat simulate this effect, as well as take the harsh edges off. This can be done using HSL Qualifiers to selectively lighten a blurred key matte.

Gauze effects are often applied to soften ...

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