Setting Up a Control Surface

Color was designed from the ground up to support control surfaces specifically designed for color correction from manufacturers such as Tangent and JL Cooper Designs. These control surfaces typically include three trackballs that correspond to the three overlapping tonal zones of the Primary and Secondary color balance controls (shadows, midtones, and highlights), three rotary controls for the three contrast controls (black level, gamma, and white point), and a number of other rotary controls and buttons that support different functions depending on which room you’ve selected.

Figure. Illustration of control surfaces.

You can either choose a control surface to use when Color starts up, or click Show Control Surface Dialog in the User Prefs tab of the Setup room to choose an available control surface at any time. For more information on setting up a control surface, see Setting Up a Control Surface. For more information on configuring a control surface from within Color, see Control Surface Settings.