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Create an Infrared Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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In infrared photography, either the film or the camera sensor can read infrared light, a part of the light spectrum that the human eye can't see. This creates photos that have a very distinct, surreal, look. As you most likely don't have the equipment around for true infrared photography, you can simulate a black and white infrared effect with the help of a channel mixer adjustment in Adobe Photoshop.

Before / After:

Photo by Christopher Campbell, free to use


1- Channel mixer adjustment:

  • Create a Channel Mixer adjustment layer.
  • From the Preset dropdown, select Black & White Infrared (RGB).
  • Leave the Green value as it is (200%) as this creates most of the effect, but play around with the Red and Blue channels to get something that looks good.
  • Here I set the Blue channel to 0% and the Red channel to -60%.

That’s it! That’s the only step needed for this particular case.

🌄 Image info:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
  • Focal length: 62mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s
  • Aperture: f/4
  • ISO: 800

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