Introduction to Post Processing Faux IR Images (Part 1)


My Post Processing Work Flow

I thought that I would start a series of posts talking about my post processing work flow and the tools that I use. First off, lets list the software tools:

  • Downloader Pro from Breezesys (Automated camera download Tool, will NOT work with Apple)
  • Capture One 5 from Phase Ones Software (RAW converter)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 (Image Editor)
  • Viveza 2.0 Plugin from NIK Software (Main editing Tool)
  • Define 2.0 Plugin from NIK Software (Noise Reduction)
  • Color EFX Pro Plugin from NIK Software (Color enhancements)

The MOST important of the above tools is Viveza 2.0 from NIK Software.  I cannot overstress the importance of this tool in my work flow.  It takes a job that would normally take 10 min. and shortens it to about a min! It is a plugin for ALL of the Adobe products as well as Apple’s Aperture.  If you do not purchase any other tool (aside from your editor, Elements 7 or 8, Photoshop CS4 or CS5) then is the one tool you MUST have.  I suggest that you go to the NIK web site and watch just one video lesson, but I warn you….. Have a box of tissues ready!

Today we are going to just gloss over things as an introduction with much more detailed posts to follow!

Olympus E-PL1, B+W 041 570nm Faux Color Processed

The image shown here is a finished Faux Color one of an Onion Barn In Videlia Georgia, the onion capital of the world!  I took a trip there last week to babysit a grand daughter and managed to get a few Infrared photos while there! I am going to show you the finished image first then a converted but unprocessed one ‘ The basic image has 3 distinct color areas that are all different , the yellow foreground grass, the B&W barn and the reddish trees.  This entire process took about 2 minutes to process in CS5 with the NIK tools listed above.  A cap of the work flow:

  1. Download, rename and add image tags, store in a logical file tree with Downloader Pro
  2. RAW Convert and adjust exposure with Capture One 5.0
  3. Open in CS5 using Adobe Bridge
  4. Eliminate noise using Define 2.0 (adjustment layer)
  5. Crop to master storage size.
  6. Run Photoshop action to create Faux Color (Hmm, where do you get this action?  More on this later!)
  7. Run Viveza 2.0 to adjust ALL colors, B&W and sharpness! (got your tissues ready?  This WILL excite you!)
  8. Save Master Processed Image in another logical file tree.

All Done, Total Time about 3 minutes!

Olympus E-PL1, 570nm Converted

As you can see there is a big difference between the Converted RAW image and the Processed image!  Using only the tools in CS5 this process would have taken me 10 or so minuites of computer time instead of the 2 or 3 and the NIK tools!

Next: An Exploration Of The Individual Tools!

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