Lightroom Infrared Color Swap Profiles

Do you enjoy using Adobe Lightroom for editing images but are frustrated by the challenges and extra steps required to edit infrared photos entirely within Lightroom? Would you prefer to avoid the round trip to Photoshop and the extra TIF or PSD files? Now you can start with the LR IR Color Swap Profiles. With these profiles, you can color swap your infrared images directly in Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and even Lightroom Mobile, without a roundtrip to Photoshop!

LR IR Color Swap Profiles in Lightroom Classic
LR IR Color Swap Profiles in Lightroom Classic

In my quest to simplify editing color infrared images in Lightroom, I developed a method that addresses the two significant challenges: white balance and color swapping. A color temperature shifted profile specifically for your camera’s raw images allows for perfect white balance with various infrared filters and lighting conditions. This method captures the power of Photoshop adjustment layers for color swapping without the need for Photoshop!

LR IR Color Swap Profiles in Lightroom mobile on iPad
LR IR Color Swap Profiles in Lightroom mobile on iPad

Features

  • Set the perfect white balance for your raw infrared images.
  • Swap colors for infrared images directly in Lightroom.
  • 18 color swapping infrared profiles
  • Six different methods of color swapping with multiple temperature shifts supporting:
    • 550 nm, 590 nm, 665 nm, & 720 nm infrared filters on converted cameras and 720 nm on unconverted cameras
    • a variety of lighting conditions: sunlight, overcast, & shade
    • 12 temperature shifted profiles are specific to your camera model
    • Six profiles are for JPEG images from any camera where a custom white balance is set in-camera
  • Photoshop is NOT required for swapping colors or creating profiles.
  • 100% Lightroom workflow

Profile Variations

  • Hue—The hue is shifted 180 degrees for all colors. This results in orange foliage and blue skies.
  • Invert—All colors are switched to their complementary color without impacting brightness. This method produces orange foliage, the most contrast, deepest blacks, and natural blue skies.
  • RB—The red and blue color channels are swapped. This results in a orange foliage/teal sky look.
  • RB G-B—The red and blue color channels are swapped. The green channel is changed to blue. This results in a yellow foliage/purple sky look.
  • RB G-R—The red and blue color channels are swapped. The green channel is changed to red. This results in a red foliage/green sky look.
  • RB G-Split—The red and blue color channels are swapped. The green channel is split between red and blue. This method typically produces orange foliage and the most natural blue skies without the need for additional color tweaking.

Warning: Hue adjustments in the HSL and Calibration panels are limited when using profiles that change the green channel: RB G-B, RB G-R, and RB G-Split. With these profiles, adjusting the Hue slider will impact Saturation, but not Hue. If you wish to make Hue adjustments, use the Hue, Invert, or RB profile.

Requirements

  • Enhanced profiles work in all versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw from April 2018 on, including the following versions or later:
    • Lightroom Classic 7.3
    • Lightroom 1.3
    • Lightroom mobile (iOS v3.2 and Android v3.4) for tablets and smartphones
    • Camera Raw 10.3
  • These enhanced profiles require the base profiles from the Infrared Profile Pack. Ensure that the Infrared Profile Pack supports your camera model.

Demo of LR IR Color Swap Profiles in Lightroom Classic

Reviews


Wow - what a great product! Though Rob provides directions of doing these yourself, it is well worth the price to have these custom profiles delivered right to you!
-Michael


I thought trying an Infrared filter was a mistake and with a hatred of Photoshop I thought these profiles were worth a try. What a good decision, the profile installation was so simple and within minutes I was achieving the results I’d hoped for. Delighted with how easy the profiles are to use in Lightroom, thanks to them I will continue on the IR journey.
-Andrew


Worth every penny! I don’t have access to full fledged Lightroom/Photoshop. I use the mobile version on my phone, and this gets me all the results I need and wanted without having to be chained to a PC.
-Josh


Excellent!
-Peter


I am very new when it comes to infrared photography and have visited many websites / watched many videos. Thank you, Rob Shea, for creating a profile for color swapping specific to my camera! This is a GREAT tool for helping me create very interesting photos! I still have much to learn and may have given up on myself if not for him sharing his knowledge.
-Laura

Order

You can build these profiles yourself for free. Just follow these instructions. If you don’t have Photoshop or find the process too daunting, you can also order them.

Before ordering, the Infrared Profile Pack supports your camera. If your camera is not listed in the Infrared Profile Pack, follow these instructions to have it added first. LR IR Color Swap Profiles can only be created for cameras that the Infrared Profile Pack supports.

Order LR IR Color Swap Profiles

Installation Instructions

  • The base profiles from the free Infrared Profile Pack are required. Download the Infrared Profile Pack.
  • After placing your order, you will receive a zip file containing the LR IR Color Swap Profiles for your camera.  Extract the contents to any location.

Lightroom Classic Installation

Automatic Installation

  1. Open Lightroom Classic.
  2. In the File menu, select Import Develop Profiles and Presets.
  3. Select the provided zip files and select the Import button. Lightroom Classic will automatically place the profiles in the correct location.
  4. Repeat for each zip file.

Manual Installation

  1. Open Lightroom Classic.
  2. Open Preferences.
    • macOS: Select Lightroom Classic menu, Preferences, or use keyboard shortcut Command + , (comma).
    • Windows: Select Edit menu, Preferences, or use keyboard shortcut Ctrl + , (comma).
  3. Select the Presets tab.
  4. In the Location group, select the Show Lightroom Develop Presets button. This should open a folder window in the following location.
    • macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/
    • Windows: C:\Users\%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\
  5. Within the CameraRaw folder, there are two key folders; CameraProfiles and Settings.
  6. Copy all of the .dcp files for your camera into the CameraProfiles folder.
  7. Copy all of the .xmp files for your camera into the Settings folder.
  8. Close Lightroom Classic.

Help: If you do not see these profiles for your camera, ensure that you have copied the correct profiles for your camera to the correct location. Restart Lightroom or Photoshop. The article Where are my profiles? can help troubleshoot.

Lightroom (CC) and Lightroom Mobile Installation

  1. Open Lightroom (not Classic) on the desktop.
  2. In the File menu, select Import Profiles & Presets.
  3. Select the profiles. Be sure to include all camera profiles, including the *.dcp and *.xmp files.
  4. Click the Import button.
  5. If the files are stored in different locations, repeat the import process until you have imported all of the *.dcp and *.xmp files.
  6. Close Lightroom.

Using LR IR Color Swap Profiles

In Lightroom

  1. Open Lightroom. Newly added profiles are only loaded when Lightroom is started.
  2. Select any raw image created with the same camera as the profile.
  3. Open the Edit panel by clicking the Edit icon in the right sidebar or using the E shortcut key.
  4. Open Profile Browser icon right of the current profile.
  5. Expand the IR Color Swap group.
  6. Select a profile.
  7. Click the Back button at the top of the Profile panel.
  8. Open the Color panel.
  9. Use the picker to select a neutral subject to white balance on. If you cannot set a good white balance with a color temperature between 2,000 and 50,000, switch to a profile with a different temperature shift. For example, if you are using a -100 profile, switch to a -50 profile.
  10. Once a white balance is set, you can return to the profile browser to view an accurate color preview of each swapping method.

In Lightroom Classic

  1. Open Lightroom Classic. Newly added profiles are only loaded when Lightroom Classic is started.
  2. Select any raw image created with the same camera as the profile.
  3. Select the Develop module from the top menu or with the d shortcut key.
  4. Open the Basic panel on the right side.
  5. Open Profile Browser icon right of the current profile.
  6. Expand the IR Color Swap group.
  7. Select a profile.
  8. Click the Close button at the top of the Profile Browser.
  9. Use the picker to select a neutral subject to white balance on. If you cannot set a good white balance with a color temperature between 2,000 and 50,000, switch to a profile with a different temperature shift. For example, if you are using a -100 profile, switch to a -50 profile.
  10. Once a white balance is set, you can return to the profile browser to view an accurate color preview of each swapping method.

In Lightroom Mobile

  1. Open Lightroom mobile.
  2. Select an image.
  3. Select the Edit icon.
  4. Next to Profile, select the Browse button.
  5. Expand the IR Color Swap group.
  6. Select a profile.
  7. Close the profile panel.
  8. Select the Color group.
  9. Use the picker to select a neutral subject to white balance on. If you cannot set a good white balance with a color temperature between 2,000 and 50,000, switch to a profile with a different temperature shift. For example, if you are using a -100 profile, switch to a -50 profile.
  10. Once a white balance is set, you can return to the profile browser to view an accurate color preview of each swapping method.

Impact of LR IR Color Swap Profiles on Tools

When using these profiles in Lightroom, the colors will be reversed with these tools:

  • Tone Curve Channels
  • HSL
  • Calibration
  • Temp slider in Graduated/Radial/Brush filters

The colors in the Color Grading/Split Toning tools are unaffected and work as expected.

Troubleshooting

Follow these steps if you cannot see your LR IR Color Swap Profiles.

  • Ensure that the *.dcp files from the Infrared Profile Pack for your camera model are stored in the CameraProfiles directory.
  • Ensure that the *.xmp files are stored in the Settings directory.
  • The *.dcp files are required for the *.xmp files to work correctly. Ensure that you have both.
  • Ensure that you have closed and restarted Lightroom or Lightroom Classic. New profiles are only loaded when the program is opened.
  • Ensure that you have selected an image shot with the exact same model camera as the profile. Profiles are unique to each camera model. Even a “Mark II” camera is considered a different model camera.
  • (Lightroom Classic only) Storing presets in your Lightroom catalog may conflict with new profiles appearing in Lightroom.
    • In Lightroom Classic, open Preferences.
    • Under the Presets tab, in the Location group, uncheck the box labeled Store presets with this catalog. “Presets” refers to files stored in the Settings directory in this context.
    • Restart Lightroom Classic.
    • Optionally, you can re-check Store presets with this catalog.
    • Restart Lightroom.
    • Profiles should appear correctly.
  • If you still have issues once you’ve tried the above steps, contact me via email.

Help: If you do not see these profiles for your camera, ensure that you have copied the correct profiles for your camera to the correct location. Restart Lightroom or Photoshop. The article Where are my profiles? can help troubleshoot.


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