PictureFX Faux Infrared

Infrared pictures. You either love it or you hate it. A bit the same as with HDR photography I think, you have people in favor of and against, but even within the people in favor you have differences. There are those who say that it should be subtle and not exaggerated, on the other side there are people who favor the more extreme, sometimes even (for objective eyes) towards the ugly. Difficult to find a balance there. I personally find infrared, just like HDR, very beautiful, is it still beautiful if it is an effect? I can’t answer for someone else, but I think so myself. But on the internet I didn’t find any infrared Lut’s that I liked, at least not for free 🙂 So I got to work and developed six new Luts that I think more or less meet a number of IR criteria. Try them out yourself, and let me know what you think.

Currently you can obtain five different IR colors with the Lut’s.

  • Black & White, where green will turn white
  • A color version with the B&W Lut, by adjusting the strength you can make a color version where green is converted to white / beige
  • two different strengths of pink
  • two different strengths of red
  • one yellow / pink filter

to be able to see the difference in any later updates I have assigned a version number.

The zip file contains the following Lut’s :

PictureFX Faux Infrared B&W version 1
PictureFX Faux Infrared Color P version 2
PictureFX Faux Infrared Color P version 3
PictureFX Faux Infrared Color R version 0a
PictureFX Faux Infrared Color R version 0b
PictureFX Faux Infrared Color YP version 1

Important : unlike other Luts for “film simulation”, and where the changes are rather subtle, these Luts are very different – not to say “Extreme”. As I have written before in other articles about applying PictureFX Luts, depending on the picture, there may be needed a lot of adjustment. The best results are usually obtained by carefully combining both the Filter Strength, the Channel Mixer and Exposure, in order to achieve a nice end result through small adjustments.

To download, scroll down this page.

Examples of IR colors (and the original):

More examples with adjustment of strenght, channel mixer, white balance or exposure :

Sample video of the PictureFX Faux Infrared B&W version – Please activate the subtitles of the videos – click on the keyboard icon -> botom of the video -> right side -> first icon

Attention, the video has a soundtrack, reduce your sound level because it may be loud.

Sample video of the PictureFX Faux Infrared Color version and adjustments

Download PictureFX Faux Infrared zip file here :

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Published by Marc R.

Belgium Based and Retired Photographer, IT specialist, Technician and Bushcrafter - not necessarily in that order. A few years back I got a message on my PC : "The box said 'Required Windows 11 or better'. So, I installed Linux Kubuntu 20.04 LTS" :-) - My Photography software : RawTherapee, Darktable, Digikam, Luminance HDR, Hugin, Gimp and many other. My camera Gear in 2022: Fujifilm X-H1 for architecture, landscape, ..., and Olympus E-M5 Mark II for bird and wildlife photography.

3 thoughts on “PictureFX Faux Infrared

  1. These are fantastic Marc. I am one of the few who loves Infrared and even enjoys HDR photography. They are forms of photography that push people out of their usual boundaries, both through technique and senses. I’ll certainly be using these!

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