Learn how to apply a surrealist infrared style in Photoshop which is perfect for landscapes
1 COPY START SCENE This surrealistic effect is most prominent on organic matter such as trees and plant foliage. Open up your chosen start image, then duplicate the layer by going to Image>Duplicate Layer.
2 INVERT THE COLOURS Next, invert the colours of the duplicated layer, by selecting it and then clicking the Invert option in the adjustment layer panel. The image should now look like a negative.
3 CHANGE BLEND MODES Select the inverted adjustment layer, and change the blend mode to Color from the drop-down menu in the Layers panel. The main tones will now appear as orange and blue.
4 COLOUR CHANNELS Click the Channel Mixer in the adjustment layer panel. Then, with the Output Channel set to red, move the red slider to 0 and blue slider to +100.
5 MORE MIXING Next, with the output channel set to blue, increase the red to +100 and move the blue slider to 0. On the green output, set this to +100, with red and blue at 0.
6 LAST STEP Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer via the adjustment layer panel. If you feel like you need to make the colours slightly less intense, take down the saturation levels.
VIBRANT MAGENTAS By tweaking the colour channels and inverting the colours, we created a wacky, vibrant effect that turned pink tones to green
STARTING COLOURS our original landscape image
was already vibrant, but we wanted to change the colours
for a surreal final effect