I’ve covered the surreal appearance of false-color infrared photography a few times on Spoon Graphics in tutorials, videos and a showcase of beautiful examples. Authentic infrared photos are captured using infrared film, or digitally using an infrared lens, but the overall style and aesthetic can also be simulated with some tweaks to a normal photograph in Adobe Photoshop. Instantly apply a variety of IR colour effects to your images with my free collection of Photoshop Actions. There are 8 Actions to choose from, each resulting in a unique inverted colour effect.
In false-color infrared photos the reds, blues and greens are reversed, so scenes with foliage and trees appear as a vibrant pinks, yellows or blues rather than green, which often looks like the photograph was taken on another planet! Choose an Action from the set and click the Play icon to instantly process your own photos with vibrant colour adjustments. You can choose from Red, Yellow, Purple, Pink and Orange hues; a Black and White version, which mimics the luminance of the more common monochrome IR photography; plus a Faded and Surreal option, which produce enhanced or subdued variants of the effect.