Game Development Reference
correction effects, you can spot the difference from the original
more easily. Sometimes, subtle color changes are diffi cult to dis-
cern in separate images in print.
Beluga whales are white, but you couldn't really tell from this
image. It is too dark, as it has acquired an aqua-colored tint from
the water and glass. Apply the Auto Color effect to the top layer,
beluga EFFECT. This will lighten the image, and restore much of
the true color of the beluga whale. Remember that there is also
a transition effect here, which allows you to see the before (left)
and after (right) images (Fig. 6.2).
Figure 6.2 The Auto Color effect
brightens the image and removes
the color cast.
The Additional Auto Effect Properties
In the Photoshop versions of these auto effects, there are no
settings to adjust. Note that in these auto effects in After Effects,
you also have the provision to adjust a few properties. You can
increase Temporal Smoothing if you need to smooth the results
over time. The default value for Temporal Smoothing is 0, which
means that each frame is processed independently. It also means
that the changing composition of the shot might cause the auto
effects to produce wildly different results from frame to frame.
The Temporal Smoothing setting determines the time (how many
seconds) that the effect will need to smooth the results. So, if this
value is at 1, the Auto Color effect will look at one second's worth
of frames and smooths the results over those frames so that there
are no luminance jitters.
The auto effects also allow you to manually adjust the Black
Clip and White Clip for a layer. These properties control how