Infra-Red effect in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

Have you ever seen the movie Predator? There is a part when you look through his eyes and everything is infra-red looking. While I am on the science type effects, I decided to show you how to take an image and produce an infra-red type effect.

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Infra-Red effect in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

Have you ever seen the movie Predator? There is a part when you look through his eyes and everything is infra-red looking. While I am on the science type effects, I decided to show you how to take an image and produce an infra-red type effect.
Start with an image.

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Step 2

Open the curves dialog box.
Image>adjust>curves Or press Ctrl/Cmd+M
Choose the pencil tool and make short dashes across the window as shown.

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Step 3

Click ok and you basically have the effect. Simple huh? The base colors even remain the same. What we have done, is inverted tiny segments of the image. You can make this as detailed as you wish, just by adding more dashes.

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Step 4

Here I applied a display that I drew to make it look like you are looking through an infra-red scope. The scope was drawn using fills, strokes and the line tool.

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Step 5

I removed all the different colors by using a Hue Saturation adjustment layer and choosing the colorize option. I added a second adjustment for the sky color and then blended them together using Layer masks.

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Step 6

Happy hunting!

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Colin Smith

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe