How to colour grade in After Effects

I've always loved this line from the film 'What About Bob?': "Baby steps, Bob. Baby steps." Colour correction and grading is best approached the same way - one step at a time.

We've always done some kind of colour correction in Photoshop, in our NLEs, and also in After Effects. Colour correction here is the process of making sure all the shots and scenes meet a basic level of good colour. The white balance should be appropriate to the scene, as should the tonal range, general colour and black points. In a sense, the colour balancing stage is about making the live action production team look good.

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