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The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Three: When you click OK, the black-and-white infrared effect is applied to your image. If you want to keep your photo in black and white, then you're done. If you want to add some muted color (which is a very popular technique these days), then go on to the next step. Step Four: Go to the Layers palette and drag-and- drop the Background layer onto the Create a New Layer icon to duplicate it. Then, drag this Background copy layer above the Channel Mixer layer at the top of the layer stack. Now, make two chang- es: (1) Change the layer blend mode from Normal to Overlay, and (2) lower the Opacity to 50%. You're not done yet. Step Five: In the Layers palette, click on the center layer (the Channel Mixer adjustment layer) and lower the Opacity to bring back more of the original color. In the example shown here, I only had to lower the Opacity by 10% to bring the color roaring back in. Continued Photographic Special Effects Chapter 11 339