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See red – in a good way Convert to mono, make foliage glow, and add motion blur using Photoshop CC
01 Open it up
Open infrared_before.png. In ACR’s Basic panel, set Shadows to +77 and Clarity to +23 to improve the tones and lift the shadows. Pick the Targeted Adjustment tool, right-click and choose Luminance, then drag down over the sky to darken blues, and up to lighten greens.
02 Convert to mono
Click on Open Image. Go to the Layers panel (Window> Layers). Click on the Create Adjustment Layer icon and choose Channel Mixer. Check Monochrome in the Channel Mixer settings, lift the Greens to +200 then darken the reds and blues until the image looks right.
03 Darken the sky
Highlight the Background layer, click on the Create Adjustment Layer icon, and select Black and White. Click on the Blending Mode dropdown menu and pick Luminosity. Drag Blues and Cyans down and Yellows and Greens up to darken the sky and make the leaves glow.
03 Mask the clouds
To tweak the blur, double-click on the filter layer. Press Alt while clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon to add a full mask that hides the blur effect. Grab the Brush tool, set colour to white, then paint over the clouds around the tree to reveal the blur effect, adding a sense of motion.
04 Blur the image
Highlight the top layer, then press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to merge a new layer. Right-click on it and choose Convert to Smart Object. Go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur. Set Blur Method to Zoom and Quality to Best. Set Amount to 14 and move the centre position down, then hit OK.
04 Finishing touches
Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E again, then right-click and pick Convert to Smart Object. Go to Filter>Filter Gallery> Distort>Diffuse Glow. Experiment with the settings (we used 6, 2, 13) until the glow looks right, then hit OK. Finish by removing any messy areas with the Clone tool.