Opening Preview Images
When you open the application, the first thing you will want to do is import an image to preview the grade you will be working on. To do so, simply drag and drop any image file directly onto the canvas area on the left hand side of the application. You can also load images by clicking on the hamburger ☰ icon on the top left to open the Media Library:
Note: Since Photon is primarily a color grading tool and not an image editing software, you can swap out your images at any point during the grade without losing your progress.
Making Simple Adjustments
With a preview image loaded, the first thing you can try is simply clicking around on the image. This will place a marker on the preview and select the slice of the color you picked in the 3D shaper on the right.
Next, click and drag with your mouse. You will likely notice several things happening to the image:
- it becomes brighter as you drag up
- it becomes darker as you drag down
- it increases or decreases in saturation as you drag to the sides
As you are dragging you will likely notice something interesting on the right hand side of the application:
Introducing: The Spindle
Think of the Spindle like the first color engine you can directly interact with. The Spindle is both a 3D visualization of the color space and a fully interactive UI control to push, pull, compress, expand, twist and bend any portion of the color space in any direction.
In the next step we're going to take a closer look at the Spindle and get to know more advanced tools for making localized adjustments, importing folders into our media library, editing existing LUTs and more!