|Figure 1. Original IR image.|
This image was taken at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They had a number of trees in the greenhouse that were decorated by various businesses. This tree had some interesting wooden spoons that looked like people.
The original image was interesting, but it had relatively low contrast and the overall feeling was 'meh.' I wanted to add a bit more drama to the image. Hence, the inversion process.
A simple inversion of this image using Layer > Adjustments > Invert or a simple inversion adjustment layer (my preference), would give you a blue image that looks like this (Figure 2).
|Figure 2. Simple inversion of the original image|
While that might be an interesting starting point for some images, my goal was is to create a contrasty black and white image. To do that, I used two adjustment layers - a black and white adjustment layer and an invert layer.
More specifically, I
1. Hit CTRL-J (CMD-J for a Mac) to duplicate the background then I turned off the original layer
2. Added the BW adjustment layer
3. Added the Invert adjustment layer
The layer stack is shown in Figure 3.
|Figure 3 . Layer stack for inversion.|
At this point, the image will look a little strange but much of that can be ironed out by returning to the Black and White adjustment layer and moving the sliders to get an image that looks more like a film negative.
From there it's a matter of giving the image more contrast and cleaning up some of the ugly bits that occur during the inversion process.
For example, I used a white brush on the spoon in layer 1 to make the spoon uniformly dark and I used the same technique to even out the inverted hotspot on the bulb ornament.
After that, I used normal processing techniques to address brightness, contrast, levels, etc. and to make the image reflect my artistic aesthetic
The final image is shown in Figure 4.
|Figure 4. Final Inverted image.|
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Happy IR processing!