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Adjusting White Balance in IR Photos

This tutorial will show you how you can change the color in an infrared photo like this:

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into this:

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Step1: Channel Swap

After you open your image, open your channel mixer palette (image>adjustments>channel mixer) and do this:

output channel red
source channel red 100% -> 0%
source channel blue 0% -> 100%

output channel blue
source channel red 0% -> 100%
source channel blue 100% -> 0%

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You should have something like this:

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Step 2: Level Adjustments

Now open your level adjustment palette (image>adjustments>levels). Choose the red channel and move the slider to the left as below:

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..and now choose the green channel and move the slider to the left as below:

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Your image should now look like this:

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Step3: Curve Adjustments

In this step we're going to adjust the white balance with curve adjustments by go to image/adjustments/curves, then choose the grey tone as below

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Now we must find the 50% grey tone in our image. Please choose carefully to get the right overall tone for your image.

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You should have better color tone like this

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Step 4: USM, Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation adjustments

Just playing around with these adjustments for the best result.

Here's mine

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