How to Make Infra Red Dots


One of the most interesting aspects to the Kinect, Xbox 360 webcam is its ability to spotlight an entire room with invisible infrared light. Although these infrared dots are invisible to the naked eye, you can make them visible on your photographs, if you photograph a subject using a camera equipped with an infrared filter. Enhancing the infrared dots you made on the image with digital imaging software will make the infrared dots stand out and create an interesting special effects photograph.

Things You'll Need

  • Xbox 360
  • Kinect
  • Digital camera
  • Infrared lens filter
  • Digital imaging software
  • Turn on the Kinect and Xbox 360.

  • Place a person or object in an interesting pose in view of the Kinect camera.

  • Attach an infrared filter to the digital camera lens you use.

  • Take several pictures of your model in different poses in a viewable area of the Kinect. Avoid standing in front of the Kinect as you take the pictures, or your body will block the infra red dots.

  • Turn off the Kinect and take the camera to the computer. Turn on the computer, connect the camera to the USB port on the computer and download the pictures to the computer. View the images to see the infra red dots that appear.

  • Open the digital imaging software you use and open any image where you want to emphasize the infrared dots.

  • Select the lasso tool and click the infrared dot area you want to enhance. Move the mouse around the area you want to enhance to lasso it, release the click at the lasso start point.

  • Click the “Image” tab in the top toolbar. Some digital image editing software programs may have it listed as “Image Adjustments.” Select “Hue and Saturation.” Move the sliders over to get different effects on the infrared area you made on the photograph. Click the “Levels” tool under the same category and move the levels sliders over to get other interesting infrared effects. Select the “Curves” option under the same category and click anywhere on the graphed line, move the line slightly to change the effect on the image.

  • Save the finished image as a .JPG when you are happy with the adjustments you made.

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