Photoshop Infrared Effects: how to make colour scenes look like infrared film

Photoshop Infrared Effects: how to make colour scenes look like infrared film

Photoshop infrared effects step-by-step: step 10

10 Make the foliage glow
Once again, check New, then set Exposure to +0.70, Clarity to +47 and leave the Colour box set to the pink tone. Check Show Mask, then paint over the trees and bushes in the background and the grass in the foreground to lighten them some more.

 

Photoshop infrared effects step-by-step: step 11

11 Darken the corner
Click on the Graduated Filter tool, then set Highlights to -38 and Shadows to -53. Drag a line from the sky in the top-left corner towards the horizon below and to the right to make a diagonal graduated filter that darkens that area. Grab the Zoom tool.

 

Photoshop infrared effects step-by-step: step 12

12 Make an S curve
Click on the Tone Curve panel and ensure you have the Point Tab selected. Click on the bottom left of the curve line and drag down slightly to darken tones. Click slightly higher on the line to add a second point and drag this upwards to boost contrast.

 

Photoshop infrared effects step-by-step: step 13

13 Warm the highlights
Click on the Split Toning panel and set the Highlight Saturation slider to 14 and the Highlight Hue to 59. Click the Lens Correction panel, go to the Colour tab and check Remove Chromatic Aberration to remove colour fringing around high-contrast edges.

 

Photoshop infrared effects step-by-step: step 14

14 Add some grain
To add the grain of infrared film, click on the Effects panel, then go to the Grain settings and set Amount to 37, Size to 31 and Roughness to 50. Go to Post-Crop Vignetting and set Style to Highlight Priority and Amount to -15 to darken the corners.

 

Photoshop infrared effects step-by-step: step 15

15 Apply some zoom blur
Hold Shift and click the Open Object button at the bottom right. Once open in Photoshop, go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur, then check Blur Method: Zoom and set Amount to 12. Move the centre point for the blur effect down and to the right, then hit OK.

 

Photoshop infrared effects step-by-step: step 16

16 Blur the clouds
Go to Window>Layers to access the Layers panel. Click on the white Smart Filter thumbnail below the layer. Grab the Brush tool, choose a soft-edged brush tip and set it to black. Paint over the land to hide the blur filter, restricting it to the clouds.

 

Photoshop infrared effects step-by-step: step 17

17 Darken the blues
Click the Create Adjustment Layer icon and choose Hue/Saturation. Select Blues and set Lightness to -73. In Reds set Saturation to +33 and Lightness to +62. In Yellows set Lightness to +61. In Magenta set Saturation to -50 and Lightness to +61.

 

Photoshop infrared effects step-by-step: step 18

18 Boost the tones
Click the Create Adjustment Layer icon and choose Curves. Make another s-shaped curve to boost the tones. The more pronounced the shape, the more contrast. Make any other changes you think are necessary with further Adjustment Layers.

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