Using the Image Map in Image Lounge

Red Giant Software’s Image Lounge 1.4 is a plug-in for Adobe After Effects, and it comes with approximately 20 effects filters, including fractal, blur and text filters. Within the Image Lounge is the Color Map, which allows users to add blended colors to their image.

Features of the Color Map

The Color Map allows users to blend two colors to create a different shade, which can be then applied to their image. This is done via color blend ramps, which are vertical or horizontal color bars that range from red to purple. But, the specialize thing about these ramps is that they will display every shade associated with primary colors.

As opposed to trying to manually create a shade by manipulating the RGB settings, users simply need to select the shade from the color ramp and then add it to their photo or image. The Color Map in the Image Lounge works in the same way.

Within the Color Map feature, users can further manipulate their color choice by adding duotones (which superimposes a half-tone color over another half-tone color with the first color usually being black) or tritone color. Users can also add editorial transitions to their work by using this option.

Step 1: Adding a Color Map to an Image

Users first need to open the image in Image Lounge that they need to manipulate. When it is open, select the top layer of the image, and add the IL Color Map effect. Next, unselect the Premultiply Colors checkbox. The Premultiply colors will combine the foreground and background layers, creating colors that are nearly perfectly blended. Since users want to add their own blended color to the foreground, they do not need these colors blended.

Step 2: Selecting Colors

Now that the foreground and background colors have been separated, users need to select their own colors. Click on the Color Map 1 option, and select from either a preset in the menu or from a color. Do the same for Color Map 2. For example, if a user wishes to add a fire look to his image, he could set the Color Map 1 to the Black to Red preset and the Color Map 2 to the Fire preset. This will give the image a deep red look.

Next, the two images need to be blended together. Generally, users should stick to around 50 percent when it comes to blending, allowing the two colors to have equal influence over the final color. But, users may want to experiment with this until they find the right shade.

Step 3: Changing Color Map 1

Since the two colors are now blended, the Color Map 1 can be further manipulated by changing the color within Color Map 1’s Marker. If the color is too bright or opaque, users can decrease the transparency. This will ensure that the filter does not overpower the image.

Finally, place the Marker over the section of the image that needs to be changed. Users can keep experimenting with the shades and colors until it looks correct.