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Infrared effects in 3 steps!

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
December 5, 2014

If you don’t have a camera with infrared mode, Photoshop can come to the rescue…

1. Invert and blend

Go to Layer>Duplicate Layer. Click Cmd/Ctrl+I to invert the duplicate and change the blend mode to Colour. Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Channel Mixer. On the Red Channel set the Red slider to 0, Blue to +100. On the Blue Channel drag the Red slider to +100, blue to 0.

2. Vignette effect

Make a selection in the middle of the image using the Elliptical Marquee tool. Click Shift+F6 and enter 300 pixels. Click Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves, click on the diagonal line and enter 154 Input and 111 Output. Click Cmd/Ctrl+I to invert the mask.

3. Add some glamour

Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and enter the value of 20 pixels for Radius. Change the blend mode to Soft Light. Click Cmd/Ctrl+L, and drag the middle point to 2.5 to lighten the darker areas.