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Lightroom Infrared Color Swap Profiles

Do you enjoy using Adobe Lightroom for editing images, but are frustrated by the challenges and extra steps required to edit infrared photos entirely within Lightroom? Would you prefer to avoid the round trip to Photoshop and the extra TIF or PSD files? Now you can with the LR IR Color Swap Profiles. With these profiles, you can color swap your infrared images directly in Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and even Lightroom Mobile, without a roundtrip to Photoshop!

LR IR Color Swap Profiles in Lightroom Classic
LR IR Color Swap Profiles in Lightroom Classic

In my quest to simplify the editing of the color infrared images in Lightroom, I developed a method that addresses the two major challenges: white balance and color swapping. A color temperature shifted profile specifically for your camera’s raw images allows for perfect white balance with a variety of infrared filters and lighting conditions. For color swapping, this method captures the power of Photoshop adjustment layers, and brings them to Lightroom, without the need for Photoshop!

LR IR Color Swap Profiles in Lightroom mobile on iPad
LR IR Color Swap Profiles in Lightroom mobile on iPad

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Demo of LR IR Color Swap Profiles in Lightroom Classic

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Installation Instructions

Lightroom Classic Installation

Automatic Option

  1. Open Lightroom Classic.
  2. In the File menu, select Import Develop Profiles and Presets.
  3. Select the provided zip files and select the Import button. Lightroom Classic will automatically place the profiles in the correct location.
  4. Repeat for each zip file.

Manual Option

  1. Open Lightroom Classic.
  2. Open Preferences
    • On Mac: Select Lightroom Classic menu, Preferences, or use keyboard shortcut Command + , (comma)
    • On Windows: Select Edit menu, Preferences, or use keyboard shortcut Ctrl + , (comma)
  3. Select the Presets tab
  4. In the Location group, select the Show Lightroom Develop Presets button. This should open a folder window in the following location.
    • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/
    • Windows: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw
  5. Within the CameraRaw folder, there are two key folders, CameraProfiles and Settings.
  6. Copy all of the .dcp files for your camera into the CameraProfiles folder.
  7. Copy all of the .xmp files for your camera into the Settings folder.
  8. Close Lightroom Classic.

Lightroom (CC) and Lightroom Mobile Installation

  1. Open Lightroom (not Classic) on the desktop.
  2. In the File menu, select Import Profiles & Presets.
  3. Select the profiles. Be sure to include all of the profiles, including the *.dcp and *.xmp files.
  4. Click Import button.
  5. If the files are stored in different locations, repeat the import process until you have imported all of the *.dcp and *.xmp files.
  6. Close Lightroom.

Using LR IR Color Swap Profiles

In Lightroom

  1. Open Lightroom. Newly added profiles are only loaded when Lightroom is started.
  2. Select any raw image created with the same camera as you have created a profile for.
  3. Open the Edit panel by clicking the Edit icon in the right side bar or using the E shortcut key.
  4. Open Profile Browser icon right of the current profile.
  5. Expand the IR Color Swap group.
  6. Select a profile.
  7. Click the Back button at the top of the Profile panel.
  8. Open the Color panel.
  9. Use the picker to select a neutral subject to white balance on. If you are not able to set a good white balance with a color temperature between 2,000k and 50,000k, switch to a profile with a different temperature shift. For example, if you are using a -100 profile, switch to a -50 profile.
  10. Once a white balance is set, you can return to the profile browser to view a color accurate preview of each swapping method.

In Lightroom Classic

  1. Open Lightroom Classic. Newly added profiles are only loaded when Lightroom Classic is started.
  2. Select any raw image created with the same camera as you have created a profile for.
  3. Select the Develop module from the top menu or with the d shortcut key.
  4. Open the Basic panel on the right side.
  5. Open Profile Browser icon right of the current profile.
  6. Expand the IR Color Swap group.
  7. Select a profile.
  8. Click the Close button at the top of the Profile Browser.
  9. Use the picker to select a neutral subject to white balance on. If you are not able to set a good white balance with a color temperature between 2,000k and 50,000k, switch to a profile with a different temperature shift. For example, if you are using a -100 profile, switch to a -50 profile.
  10. Once a white balance is set, you can return to the profile browser to view a color accurate preview of each swapping method.

In Lightroom Mobile

  1. Open Lightroom mobile.
  2. Select an image.
  3. Select the Edit icon.
  4. Next to Profile, select the Browse button.
  5. Expand the IR Color Swap group.
  6. Select a profile.
  7. Close the profile panel.
  8. Select the Color group.
  9. Use the picker to select a neutral subject to white balance on. If you are not able to set a good white balance with a color temperature between 2,000k and 50,000k, switch to a profile with a different temperature shift. For example, if you are using a -100 profile, switch to a -50 profile.
  10. Once a white balance is set, you can return to the profile browser to view a color accurate preview of each swapping method.

Impact of LR IR Color Swap Profiles on Tools

When using these profiles in Lightroom, the colors will be reversed with these tools:

Colors in Color Grading/Split Toning tools are unaffected and work as expected.

Troubleshooting

If you are not able to see your LR IR Color Swap profiles, follow these steps.


This page https://590.red/lr-ir-color-swap

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