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Photoshop Actions for Infrared v2

Photoshop Actions


Download the free Color Infrared Photoshop Actions v2


This is version 2 of my Color Infrared Photoshop Actions, designed to speed the process of color swapping infrared photos in Adobe Photoshop. They work best on color infrared filters from 470nm to 720nm. These could be shot with a camera converted to a filter in this range or with a full spectrum camera used with an external filter in this range. They also work with unconverted cameras and an external 720nm filter.

Changes to Version 2


This collection contains the following actions.

* 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.


  1. Unzip the file by double-clicking on it and save the included *.atn file to your desktop.

  2. In Photoshop, open the Actions panel by selecting Actions under the Window Menu.

  3. 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 Load button.


  1. Open the infrared image you wish to edit in Lightroom, or in Adobe Camera Raw with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

  2. Select a custom color profile for your infrared camera. Download the Infrared Profile Pack, watch this video, or follow these instructions on how to create a custom profile for your camera.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 Open Image button.

  5. Run the desired action by selecting the action and clicking the Play selection button at the bottom of the action dialog window.



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