Tip #1091: What are Color Looks?

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1091: What are Color Looks?

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Looks are a series of presets that allow you to quickly adjust the color of a clip.

9 of the 26 Looks provided in Final Cut. (Effects > Looks)

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Mike Southon asks: “What are the Color Looks in Final Cut and what do they do?”

Looks are a very fast way to change the color “look” of a clip without requiring you understand how the color tools in Final Cut work.

At a technical level, looks are a color grading preset which was created by Apple and included with Final Cut. You could get the same effect using the color tools in Final Cut – if you had the color grading skills and sufficient time.

On a practical level, though, selecting a specific Look gives you the same result without investing the time or requiring the skills.

Looks are located in: Effects Browser > Looks.

  • To apply a look, drag it from the Effects Browser and drop it on the clip you want to adjust. (Or, select a group of clips you want to apply that look, then double-click the effect.)
  • To remove a look, select the clip(s) that contain it, go to the Video Inspector and delete it.


  • Adjusting the color of a clip using the color tools gives you great precision and control.
  • Adjusting the color of a clip using Looks lets you pick a specific look in much less time.

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