Note: The Beat has some instructions on how to install the presets if you don't know how.
Not a preset but a tutorial from Premium Beat, learn more about Color Grading in Layers in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects or SpeedGrade. “Use different layers in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, or SpeedGrade to organize your grade and make easy adjustments, even on a large scale!” This is how I have done it for years, especially when I'm compositing green screen elements on a background.
Okay, now to the freebies.
1. Premiere Pro Color Presets from Jarle Leirpoll
The Adobe Premiere Pro Presets come from from Jarle Leirpoll and Premierepro.net. They were posted a couple of years ago for Premiere Pro 5.5, but there is no reason they shouldn't work in newer versions, including CC.
Download the free preset collection: Jarle's Grading Tools
2. Color Presets for After Effects from Fenchel & Janisch
Fenchel & Janisch provides the AE Presets, which they say work in AE CS5.5 and CS6. I believe they should work fine in AE CC too.
Download the AE presets
3. 29 Free After Effects Color Grading Freesets from Mikkel Samuelsen
Learn more about these freesets
Download the freesets here
4. Free Color Presets from AE Tuts+
Adam Everett Miller posted some free color presets in 2011 at AE Tuts+.
Download them here.
5. Cassidy Bisher’s Color Grades for After Effects
In honor of having DropDrop.com in our store, we are giving away the free DropDrop After Effects project with 77 compositions inside.
Download Cassidy Bisher’s Color Grades for After Effects under Freebies
Check out all of the cool DropDrop Templates available at Toolfarm. Each has a video sample and the templates are 1920×1080. Some require third party plug-ins but most do not. Have a look at the System Requirements for that information.
6. Freebie: DV Rebel Tools for After Effects
We posted about this one just yesteday. DV Rebel Tools for After Effects
Originally available only with the DV Rebel's Guide, the DV Rebel Tools are pushbutton presets and scripts that turn Adobe After Effects into a powerful color grading workstation.
Apply powerful color effects instantly, as Adjustment Layers trimmed to match the current layer.
Vignettes, relighting, and even a 3-way color corrector are included.
Works with, but does not require, Magic Bullet Colorista II.
Compare your shots with a powerful, customizable thumbnail view
Learn more and download DV Rebel Tools for AE CS5 and up.
7. Red Giant Colorista Free
Set your colors free. Magic Bullet Colorista Free is a simplified, elegant color corrector that anyone can share and use. You get exactly what you need with basic controls designed by experienced colorists, like the 3-Way wheels from our popular Colorista II and numeric sliders for precise numerical accuracy. For high-level work, Colorista Free is workflow-ready to share Color Decision List (CDL) values with CDL-compliant host apps and conform your color work to industry standards.
Read more about Red Giant Colorista Free here and Download Colorista Free under Freebies
More on Red Giant Colorista II, which is also included in the Red Giant Color Suite
8. Red Giant Magic Bullet LUT Buddy for AE, PPRO, FCP and Motion
LUT Buddy was created with the professional colorist in mind. In fact, the product came directly out of the film work of Stu Maschwitz, the Creative Director for many of our products. LUT Buddy runs in popular editors like After Effects and FCP, and shares its values beautifully with our new BulletProof application. Get LUT Buddy as part of Shooter Suite or Color Suite.
Learn more about LUT Buddy here and Download LUT Buddy under Freebies.
9. Red Giant Magic Bullet Quick Looks Free
Magic Bullet Quick Looks Free provides a fun, colorful sampling of our popular Magic Bullet Quick Looks plug-in. Change the color palette of your footage with a library of 20 presets inspired by the look of feature films like The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan, and Traffic. Quick Looks Free sets the mood of your footage for everything from a wedding to the next Sundance original.
Download Red Giant Software Magic Bullet Quick Looks Free under Freebies
Dive deeper to explore Magic Bullet Looks, which is also included in Red Giant Color Suite.