Download the Photoshop Actions
These Adobe Photoshop Actions are designed to speed the process of color swapping Infrared photos. They work best on color Infrared photos taken with cameras converted to a 590nm, 625nm, or 720nm internal filter, or with a full spectrum camera when used with an external filter of similar value.
This collection contains the following actions.
IR Channel Mixer* - This method uses the Channel Mixer adjustment layer to swap the colors in the Red and Blue channel, converting orange/yellow sky to teal/blue and converting teal/blue foliage to orange/yellow.
IR Channel Mixer + H/S* - Same as above, with the addition of a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (with no values set) if you wish to tweak the color values.
IR Invert - This method creates a duplicate of the image layer, inverts the duplicate layer, and applies a color blend mode. For some, this method may produce a more naturally colored sky than the channel mixer method.
IR Invert + H/S - Same as above, with the addition of a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (with no values set) if you wish to tweak the color values.
Orton Effect - This action creates a glow layer, which can create an interesting effect for some woodland or infrared images. Be sure to select your main image layer before running this action. Be sure to adjust the opacity of the newly created layer for the desired effect. Less is more.
* Photoshop Elements does not support the Channel Mixer adjustment layer. Therefore, you should use the IR Invert method when using these actions with Photoshop Elements.
Unzip the file by double-clicking on it and save the included
*.atnfile to your desktop.
In Photoshop, open the Actions panel by selecting
Click the menu icon in the upper right corner of the Action dialog and select
Load Actions. Select the action from your desktop and click the
Open the infrared image you wish to edit in Lightroom, or in Adobe Camera Raw with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
Select a custom color profile for your infrared camera. For instruction on how to create a custom profile for your camera, watch this video.
Once you have selected a color profile, you will need to set the white balance for your image. The following video contains tips for setting the white balance for color infrared images.
If you completed the above steps in Lightroom, right-click the image, and select
Edit in Adobe Photoshop. If you completed the above steps in Adobe Camera Raw, select the
Run the desired action by selecting the action and clicking the
Play selectionbutton at the bottom of the action dialog window.
If you have comments, questions or feedback, use the comment section for this video.