Game Development Reference
Lightness, and Saturation. For the life of me, I can't think of any
reason to use this effect when you have the Hue/Saturation effect
available; even the After Effects help documentation says that
this effect is included only for compatibility with older projects.
The Hue/Saturation effect has exactly the same controls (but
with visual aids added), and many others as well. Hue/Saturation
also operates at 32 bits per channel, while Color Balance (HLS)
operates at only 16 bits per channel. I'm all for using effects in
innovative ways, but this feature is in every way inferior to Hue/
The Color Link Effect
Like Broadcast Colors, the Color Link effect is the one that I
think would fi t better in the Utility category of effects. Its main
purpose is to convert an entire layer to the color of another
layer. You can have Color Link discover and use the average pixel
value of any layer in the current comp, or the brightest or dark-
est pixel, or the median pixel color, or it can perform such an
analysis on the alpha channel. This is helpful for quickly creat-
ing a layer that is the color of the background color of another
layer. One of the best potential uses for the Color Link effect is
for color correction with other effects. That's what I thought this
effect could be used for. Unfortunately, the Color Link effect is
unaffected by other applied effects unless the layer is precom-
posed, so it's not as helpful as a reference for color correction as
it could be (Fig. 6.33).
Figure 6.33 The Sample drop
down in the Color Link effect.
These options allow you to
choose how the Color Link effect
will analyze the source layer.