Get the new black-and-white infrared look by using clever RAW conversion settings
Photo: Debbie Grossman
Recently, longtime subscriber Samuel “Sandy” Fairbairn wrote to ask if we could help him locate a tutorial I wrote back in 2004 about faking infrared capture. Since it has been so long since we last covered the topic, I was curious what has changed since I wrote the original, which uses the Channel Mixer in Adobe Photoshop CS.
It turns out the best way to fake infrared now is to use a RAW file and create the IR effect during conversion. So check out the old tutorial if you want to use Photoshop—it’s still a good method. Or follow along here to do it in Adobe Camera Raw.