Using Photoshop for Night Vision Looks

If you ever want to give a picture the impression of a night-time scene (being viewed through 3D glasses), then you should consider looking at Adobe Photoshop night vision look. With this feature, you can give all of your night-scene shots the yellow glow of a spy movie, or even imagine what it would be like to have night vision goggles. With a few simple lessons, you should be able to change every image you possess into one featuring night-vision, although you may only want to start by changing one or two. In order to get this done, you will need a few spare hours and some images that you don't mind if they get damaged or distorted.

Materials Needed

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Suitable images
  • Spare Time

Step 1: Open Your Image

In order to start using the night vision tools in Photoshop, you will first need to select a photo that you want to adapt, and make sure that it is downloaded to a convenient place on your computer. Once this is done, remove the device from which the image was downloaded, and then open up Adobe Photoshop. Click on the tab to upload new images to Photoshop, and then locate the image you want to use. Click select, and the picture should appear on your Photoshop work area. You are now ready to start processing the picture.

Step 2: Make Color Adjustments

You will now need to locate the image box, and open the drop-down box called Adjustments. Here, you will find a process called Channel Mixer, and this can be used to change the color of the picture. You should have the Output Channel selected as Gray, and then red should be at 0, blue should be at 0 and green should be at 100. These are the percentages of color being picked out in the picture, so you will have basic colors of green and gray. Press OK to accept these changes.

Step 3: Add Effects

Once you have the color set, go to the image, and press CTRL+U. This will take you to the amount of light available in the picture. You can adjust the hue, saturation and lightness until you get the correct level of night vision for your required image. Press accept again, and you should be close to getting your night vision picture.

Step 4: Finishing

You should now go back to the Adjustments menu button, and find the right box marked Selective Color. You should pick out all of the blacks, and reduce yellows, magentas and cyans to zero. This will give the light and shade contrast. You can then create a second image of the picture, make it completely white, and then add some grains from the Filter>Texture box. Once this is done, overlay both images, and you will have a night-vision scene. Click OK, and then save your image.

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