High Pass and Coloring

High Pass and Coloring

Posted on 06. May, 2008 by in After Effects

Ever missed the High Pass filter in After Effects? Watch this tutorial to learn how to build your own and get a few ideas on how to use it.


If you’ve worked with High Pass filter before than you already know how amazing this tool is for sharpening, color grading, masking and many many others. I’ve seen many threads on many forums where people where asking how to move this wonderful Photoshop filter into After Effects, because it doesn’t come with one. Since I was also in need to use it several times in my video productions I decided to look into how it works and build one myself.

So here we are. After watching this tutorial you will learn two easy ways of building your own High Pass filter in After Effects. Above that you will learn a few tricks on how to use it.

This tutorials uses growing elements from Evolution design elements collection. Go to videocopilot.net to get your own copy.

Photos used in this tutorial come from sxc.hu. By the time they were downloaded, they were licensed as royalty free, and were free to use in any way you like (standard restrictions). Just to make sure, go to sxc.hu right now, or just click here to read the Standard restriction agreement.

Download: Tutorial project file (After Effects CS3)

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26 Responses to “High Pass and Coloring”

  1. Paul

    06. May, 2008

    Good job as usually!

    But where are growing elements from videocopilot.net? ;)

  2. Maltaannon

    06. May, 2008

    I’ve put the wrong one in. Sorry. Clear your history and cache and try refreshing the site with the tutorial. The correct version is already on the server. Enjoy.

  3. Frank C.

    07. May, 2008

    Thanks once again for another great tutorial. I’m not sure if I have a use for this but it is still much appreciated. I especially like the application of this effect to the flourish and text.

  4. Maltaannon

    07. May, 2008

    Thanks a lot. Just play with it. Try different blending modes. Try it over a video, photo, illustration, color and grayscale, try in on 3D generated graphic. You’ll me amazed how often it helps to sell the final effect.

  5. Vinnie

    09. May, 2008

    Awesome Tutorial as usual! Thank you so much!

  6. ribaao

    09. May, 2008

    muito bom esse efeito barabens

  7. Mark

    09. May, 2008

    Hey Genius-M, Its just Superb, Awesome tutorial. Thankyou so much.

    Take Care
    Mark

  8. RC Flash

    11. May, 2008

    Very Very Good!!
    Thanks

  9. vman

    12. May, 2008

    Cool. There are some techniques with using High Pass Filters in Photoshop in creating the “Dave Hill Photography” look. Now that you’ve come up with this cool Filter.. I wonder if we can pull off this look in Motion?? I’ll have to tinker :)

    http://www.davehillphoto.com/
    http://www.diyphotography.net/creating-that-dave-hill-look

  10. UmairVFX

    12. May, 2008

    Awesome my friend awesome!!!!

    nice dude nice one this one is more better way to color correct the video and put cinema looks… amazing :)

    I love it

    Best of Luck

  11. polakfr

    14. May, 2008

    Great great job maltaannon ! for this tuto and all the others ;)

    Keep Going this ‘otherWayOfDoing’ the Tuto

    bye

  12. Peter

    17. May, 2008

    Nice one!

    In case anyone is interested, here are my favorite applications for a highpass filter: First, you can make skies and clouds significantly more dramatic by applying the highpass filter in overlay mode with relatively high radii. As with the sharpening, an unsharp-mask like filter will work just as well.

    And second, if you invert the highpass filtered layer and then put it over the original image in overlay mode, you get a very nice softening filter instead of a sharpening one. It looks a lot more like photographic promist-type soft focus filters than a regular box blur or a gaussian blur, and best of all, it preserves sharp edges quite well.

  13. dps

    08. Jun, 2008

    Very amazing.

    I have just recetnly discovered your page here through stumble upon. Im very impressed! You have a great wealth of knowedge and id like to thank you for sharing with us!

  14. CristalCube

    28. Aug, 2008

    Like always, great tutorial, thanks for that George.

    Greetings. CC³.

  15. Daluz

    18. Feb, 2009

    Ok, you said lets creat a “preset” and join all the layers in one ” How in the world do I do that?

  16. Maltaannon

    18. Feb, 2009

    Dude! It’s in the tutorial!

  17. Daluz

    19. Feb, 2009

    When you selected the 3 layers and join then all you do that by creating a pre-compose?

  18. Maltaannon

    19. Feb, 2009

    I’m not sure what you are asking about. There are no precomps in this tutorial. If you didn’t get something just watch it again, or rephrase your question. Thanks.

  19. deepak

    01. Feb, 2010

    thank u for all ur help, ppl like u make this world smile a lil more, i learned everything from the web when it comes to AE, and uy site is a blessing.

    i read somewhere about the technicolor / 3 and 2 color strip, can v do this in after effects ?

    thank u :)

  20. Valerie

    05. May, 2010

    You just saved me a bunch of time! This preset is incredibly helpful – thanks!

    -@deafcarr0t

  21. Lu Nelson

    07. Dec, 2010

    Thanks for this one! Very helpful. I just discovered High Pass as an alternative to USM and I’m liking the way it works, even if the results are very similar the control is more detailed this way

  22. Dr. Who

    22. May, 2011

    con i use the high pass in motion.. pls let me know how . my music video looks sandy

  23. dr. who

    22. May, 2011

    can i use the high pass in motion.. pls let me know how . my music video looks sandy

  24. Joe

    17. Oct, 2012

    Wrapping it all up to a preset makes things all dandy for me. Thanks.

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  26. mojo43

    03. Jun, 2013

    Thanks soooo much for this tutorial. I just got a high pass filter to work in edius based on this tutorial. It works very well thanks!