For style creators, the intellectual property of their creation is a vital topic; although Polarr has taken some protection measures, it is not perfect yet, so we recommend you to use LUT to hide your parameters from being copied.
1. What is LUT
LUT is short for "color lookup table,” which is a predetermined array of numbers to store how color changes after adjustments. We can simply think of it as a cross-platform, cross-software general-purpose style. Almost all professional image and/or video software support LUT files, such as Photoshop, Final cut pro, Davinci Resolve, and so on. Common LUT file formats include .cube and .3dl.
2. Why can LUT protect your intellectual property?
Because the LUT format is equivalent to the effect of the style, all parameters are hidden for your style users. They won’t be able to create new styles by adjusting your parameters directly, and every style they created based on your styles will include your LUT files too. You can name the LUT file as something like "Copyright@YourName" to your intellectual property.
3. How to create LUT file with Polarr
You can create the LUT file with PPE desktop version(Windows10 version, MacOS version and web version).
- First of all, we need to make some edits.
- Then enter the LUT panel and choose to export the LUT.
- At this time an exported panel will appear, where we can see the effect of the LUT.
- There is an "Include adjustments" option below. Click this option to see which adjustments have been ignored.
This is because the LUT cannot contain some special effects, so these effects will be lost when exporting into LUT. All layers, local adjustments, special effects (fringing, diffuse, etc.) will be lost when exporting into LUT, so if you need a complete effect, you will need to combine LUT + additional adjustments. For example, we adjusted the exposure + color temperature + curve + HSL + layer, the first four adjustments can be included in the LUT, the last adjustment can not be included in the LUT, so we need to embed the LUT also add the layer to get a complete effect.
4. How to embed LUTs in Polarr styles?
The LUT supported by Polarr is .cube format. Please make sure you use the correct LUT format when embedding LUT files. We just need to go to the LUT tool tab, import your LUT file, then create a style based on it.