Thermal Camera 'Color' / Palette Tutorial

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Oct 31, 2013

When many think of thermal cameras, they visualize their use in movies and TV, with a multi-colored science fiction color scheme, familiar to anyone who's seen 1987's Predator:

Predator's thermal vision

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White ***/***** ***

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White hot vs. black hot

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White hot vs. Black Hot, 620'

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Ice and Fire

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Color palette comparison

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Comments (7)

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