Look up tables (known as LUTs) are files that embed instructions to change the hue, saturation or luminosity of pixels in an image or for video footage according to predefined rules.
I've covered how to create and use LUTs in Photoshop in this post, and here I wanted to provide a pack of free LUTs that you can start using right away.
LUTs are used very often to color grade or add color effects to video footage. The LUTs in this free pack will work just as well in video editing software like Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve, but they are crafted to work especially well for Photoshop.
12 Free Photoshop LUTs
Here are the 12 free LUTs included in the pack. Drag the slider on the image to see the before and after:
A very warm look with desaturated cool colors and oversaturated warm colors. Great for summer and outdoor photography.
A pop of contrast and very vibrant colors.
Warm tones throughout and added contrast, for a very western and warm feel.
The very popular teal/orange look often seen in movies where the shadows have a slightly teal tone and the skin tone are a little bit more orange.
A high-contrast, desaturated look with a slight bleach bypass effect.
Very similar to Undeniable, but in black and white instead of color.
You Can Do It
Exaggerated contrast, lower dark point, punchy colors, and blues changed to teal. Perfect for many landscape and outdoor images.
Extra contrast, lower dark point, blended with a blue/orange color grade.
A warm, yet highly desaturated look.
Going for a Walk
High-contrast and exaggerated blues.
Warm with bright and contrasty colors.
Once Upon a Time
Magenta tones in the shadows and high contrast, for a vintage feel.
Photoshop LUTs Installation and Usage InstructionBelow you'll find instructions on how to install and use the LUTs from this free pack inside of Photoshop CC.
Uncompress the .zip file, copy the extracted .CUBE files inside Photoshop's 3DLuts folder. On a Mac you'll find that folder at Applications > Photoshop CC 2019 > Presets > 3DLuts. On Windows, the folder is under Program Files > Photoshop CC 2019 > Presets > 3DLuts.
Add a Color Lookup adjustment layer to your image, and in the 3DLUT File dropdown you'll see the LUTs that you installed. Remember that you can lower the opacity of the adjustment layer to reduce the effect, or you can duplicate the adjustment layer to increase the effect.