Crown Monochrome Group Hints and tips for digital infrared processing.
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In answer to questions on detail that can be retained and overall image presentation I hope these hints and tips are helpful.
Process your IR RAW files simply, adjusting exposure levels only, open into Photoshop or Elements.
Convert to Monochrome however you wish.
You may find that although you have a good IR image that there is little detail in the highlights, we will deal with highlights later.
This is your base image.
Open the same RAW file again, make darker (we are RAW blending now). Open and process into monochrome again. Flatten.
We now have two images of the same file on screen.
Using the “Shift tool” and holding down the shift key place the lighter image over the darker image.
In Layers put up a “Layer mask” and pick up the “Brush tool” from the tool palette so as to paint black through the layer, or as in Elements use the “eraser” tool and erase over the lighter areas to bring through the detail from the lower layer. Use opacity to control how much of the lower layer is revealed. Flatten.
Copy Image ( ctrl A, ctrl C, ctrl D) and now add Glow.
Under “Filter” Distort > Diffuse Glow.
Use Graininess 3, Glow amount 2 ,Clear amount 19
With the Background (base layer) layer now back in Photoshop recall the copied image (control V).
Again we have two layers and we need to have the copied layer under the background layer so click on the name of the background layer and you will get a palette to rename the layer 0.
When that is done click on layer 1 and drag under layer 0.
With layer 1 now below layer 0 put up a layer mask on layer 0 and paint through with the brush tool the lighter areas so as some of the glow effect shows. Adjust opacity as required. Flatten and sharpen if required.