A simple adjustment to Super Color Images

April 08, 2022

 

Super color Infrared is by far our most popular Infrared conversion because it offers such a wide range of options in post-production.  When properly white balanced, you have 4 color tones, Red and Yellow in the sky and Blue and Cyan in the foliage.  When channel swapped, it has a great faux color look.

The problem though is this isn’t the way a Super Color often looks.  Here’s an example

Here’s our properly White Balanced Super Color image. 

Now let’s channel swap it.

Not exactly the same as the others.

The image above has all four color tones, these below do not, they are mostly Blue and Yellow.

To get this look is very simple.

Step 1.

In Photoshop, open Image, Adjustments, Hue/Saturation

Step 2.

In Hue/Saturation change the color from Master to Cyans.

Step 3. 

Move the Hue slider on the Cyans to the right, into the blue, effectively changing the Cyan to Blue. 

Step 4.

Next, change the color to Red.

Step 5.

Move the Hue Slider on the Reds to the right, effectively changing the Reds to Yellow.

Step 6.

See how your new image looks now.

Now depending on each image, you may need to adjust the sliders differently to get the desired results.

But that’s all there is to it.

Now it’s your turn, give it a try.

 


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