5 ways to get rid of chromatic aberration in Photoshop

Aug 1, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Aug 1, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

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It’s a handy little list of methods to help overcome the problem.

  1. Adobe Camera RAW or Lightroom lens corrections
  2. Gaussian Blur and Color Blend Mode
  3. Clone Color
  4. Lens Corrections filter
  5. Desaturation

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.

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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.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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    Mauro Risch

    Gr8 article. Thanks for sharing.