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Infrared Effect in Photoshop

Posted on 20th February 2019
For this tutorial, we will use the image of a Landscape to apply the effect to.

1 - In Photoshop, open the image you chose to work with.



2 - Duplicate your Layer (Command/Control + J) and name the duplicate “Invert”.



3 - With the Duplicate Layer selected, go to Image > Adjustments > Invert… (Command/Control + I).





4 - Change the “Blending Mode” to “Color”.



5 - Select the Top Layer, go to the “Adjustments Panel” and create a “New Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer”. In the “Red Output Channel” change the “Blue” value to +100 and then, in the “Blue Output Channel” change the “Red” value to +100.







6 - Back in the “Adjustments Panel” create a “New Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer”. In the “Reds” Tab use the following values: 0, -45, 100. In the “Yellows” Tab use: 0, 10, +5, in the “Blues” Tab use: 0, -100, +100 and in the “Magentas” Tab use: 0, -100, +100. You may need to change the values depending on the image you are using.











7 - Click Command/Control + Alt/Option + Shift + E to create a new copy of the merged layers. Right-click on top of it and choose “Convert to Smart Object”.





8 - Go to Filter > Filter Gallery and choose Distort > Glow with the following values (2, 2, 15).





9 - Change the “Blending Mode” to “Screen” and the “Opacity” to 45%.



10 - Select the “Hue/Saturation” layer and go back in the “Adjustments Panel” create a “New Curves Adjustment Layer”. Click close to the first intersection from the Left and Bottom and use the following values (Input: 70, Output: 60). Then, click on the first intersection from the Top and Right and use the following values (Input: 185, Output: 195).









11 - You can change the Tint if you want. Duplicate the “Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer” (Command/Control + J) and hide the original one (small eye icon on the left side of the thumbnail). Then adjust the values to achieve the desired color. You can do the same with the “Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer” and adjust the color from there.



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