In this part of Photoshop tutorial, we’ll learn how to add infrared effect to photo in Photoshop. To do this, we first apply the infrared effect and then the glow effect. Because this effect is created using smart filters and “Adjustment Layers”, the final image is also editable, and none of its pixels is damaged. It’s best to teach this with Photoshop CS6.
Let’s start with the image below.
And the image we have after applying this effect.
Step 1: Add Black & White Adjustment
We apply the infrared effect on the image Using “Black & White Adjustment“. In the Adjustment panel, click the icon “Black & White” (the third icon on the left in the middle row).
As you can see in the Layers panel, an Adjustment layer called “Black & White 1” is created above the image layer.
The image in the document window becomes black and white after creating this layer.
Step 2: Select Infrared Preset
The controls and options to adjust the “Black & White Adjustment Layer” appear in the Properties panel (this option is new in Photoshop CS6). At the top of this panel is the “Preset” option set to “Default”. Click “Default” in the list below to select “Infrared”.
While This option creates the effect of infrared on the image, the fact that the color of the trees and plants is too bright will destroy their details.
The brightness of each part of the image can be changed by moving the color sliders appropriate to it. Reduce the brightness of areas containing trees and plants by dragging the yellow and green slider to the left. 88888
Below is an image after adjusting its colors with the help of sliders.
Step 3: Select the background layer
This is Next step how to create an infrared Photo effect.
To add a glow effect, click on the background layer in the Layers panel.
Step 4: Convert Background Layer to Smart Object
In the Layers panel, right-click on the background layer (equivalent to Control-click on the Mac) and select convert to Smart Object from the menu that appears.
The background layer becomes a smart layer by selecting this option, which means we can apply smart filters to it without damaging the original image. The little icon in the right corner of the thumbnail image shows that the background layer has become “Smart Object.”
Step 5: Adjust the black and white for the background and foreground
We add a shine effect to the image By applying the “Diffuse Glow” filter to the “Smart Object“. Because this filter creates this effect using background colors and foreground, set the black for background and white for the foreground before applying it. To do this, press the “D” key from the keyboard. The colors for the foreground and background can be found in the “Color Swatches” above the “Tools” panel. The upper left square represents the black color setting for the background and the lower left square indicates the white setting for the foreground.
Step 6: Apply the Diffuse Glow filter
We apply the “Diffuse Glow” filter after adjusting the foreground color and background. In previous versions of Photoshop, this filter was selected directly from the “Filter” menu. But in Photoshop CS6, the filter menu is removed and many filters, including the “Diffuse Glow” filter, are only accessible from the “Filter Gallery”. In the top menu bar, select “Filter Gallery” under the “Filter” menu.
In the gallery that appears, select “Diffuse Glow” from the “Distort” category.
We need to make sure that the entire image is visible in the preview environment before setting the redness value. Right-click inside the preview environment (equivalent to Control-click on the Mac) and select “Fit in View” from the popup menu.
Photoshop shows it fully in the preview by zooming in on the image.
Note that although we’ve made the image black and white in the previous steps, the image in the Preview window in the “Filter Gallery” is colored. As the black and white effect only includes the “Adjustment Layer”, we’ve applied the “Smart Object”. So we see the “Smart Object” components in the preview environment, which is a full-color image. The image is displayed in black and white and infrared effect by applying the “Diffuse Glow” filter and closing the “Filter Gallery” in the document window.
We use the three sliders located above the right column in the “Filter Gallery” to adjust the “Diffuse Glow” filter. By sliding Graininess, you can change the number of film grains. By setting this slider to “0,” this effect turns off. Use the “Glow Amount” slider to adjust the amount of glow and use the “Clear Amount” slider to control the range of colors that change by applying this effect. The amount of each slider depends on your image and personal taste. Scroll the slider to get the desired result.
Click on the “Diffuse Glow” filter on the “visibility” icon to compare the image with the image on which the filter is applied. The filter effect will be deleted by selecting this option. Clicking this icon again will apply the filter to the image.
Click “Ok” in the upper right corner of the “Filter Gallery” to apply the “Diffuse Glow” filter as a smart filter to the “Smart Object”. Now the effect of “Black & White Adjustment Layer” and the glow effect of the “Diffuse Glow” filter have been applied to the image.
Step 7: Reduce the Smart Filter’s opacity Rate if needed
You may not need to perform this step in the image you are using. However, applying the “Diffuse Glow” effect to the image in this image has the effect of destroying the detail of the areas including the sky and the water. By reducing the amount of opacity, the deleted items can be restored. If you look at the Layers panel, you’ll see that the “Filter Gallery” is listed as a smart filter under the “smart object”. Double-click the “Blending options” icon on the right of the filter name to access its options for smart filters.
In the dialog that opens, reduce the opacity to 75% using the Opacity option.
By doing this, a number of key components of the “Smart Object” are displayed in the filter effect by retrieving details of areas including sky and water.
A number of key components of the “Smart Object” are displayed in the filter effect by retrieving details of areas including sky and water.
If you want to change the “Diffuse Glow” settings again, double-click on the “Filter Gallery” in the Layers panel. Open the “Filter Gallery” and select the desired settings and click “Ok” to apply them. Due to use of smart filters, permanent changes are not made in the image, so you can make these changes as often as you want.
Step 8: Select the Black & White Adjustment layer
Finally, we return a part of the original colors. Click on the “Black & White Adjustment” layer in the Layers panel.
Step 9: Reduce the opacity of Black & White Adjustment layer to 90%
This is last step How to apply color infrared effect.
Use the “Opacity” option in the upper right of the Layers panel to reduce the “Black & White Adjustment” layer opacity to 90%.
The “Smart Object” colors appear below the “Adjustment” layer by performing this step. The image below shows the final result.
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