Chromatic aberration (CA) can be a pain, especially in high contrast situations. It’s also called colour fringing. It’s most common in inexpensive consumer lenses, but pro glass is not immune. Shooting at extreme wide or tiny apertures can introduce it quickly even with the best gear.
You can take care of most chromatic aberration within Lightroom or ACR. Sometimes, though, only Photoshop can do the job well. In his new video, Jimmy McIntyre’s going to show you five different ways of dealing with it.
It’s a handy little list of methods to help overcome the problem.
- Adobe Camera RAW or Lightroom lens corrections
- Gaussian Blur and Color Blend Mode
- Clone Color
- Lens Corrections filter
As shown in the video, there are several features built right in to specifically deal with colour fringing. They’re not always perfect, though. One feature may work where another fails. Or, they might all fail to give you a good result.
This is where getting a little more creative with your solutions helps to solve the problem. I would never have thought of using gaussian blur, for example, to deal this issue.
Colour fringing can often be quite a subtle change, but in the above example, the difference is rather obvious.
How do you deal with chromatic aberration and colour fringing? Do you just click the box in Adobe Camera Raw and not worry about it? Do you use a technique Jimmy didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.