Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw might come with built-in tools for removing chromatic aberration and color fringing, but for those who either prefer to do it themselves or have a bit more control, fine art nature photographer Steve Perry has shared a helpful tutorial on how to remove optical flaws in Photoshop.
Perry starts out the eight minute video by giving a small disclaimer that ‘nine times out of ten’ he’s able to use the slider tools provided in Lightroom. For that 10% though, he’s developed a smooth workflow for getting the most from your images using Photoshop.
His particular method employs the use of a layer mask overlaid on the image using the ‘color’ blending mode. Specifically, he creates a duplicate layer of the image, blurs it until the chromatic aberration can no longer be seen, then ‘paints’ in the edges where the optical imperfections can be seen.
It won’t work on all images, but as Perry points out, this tends to be a last ditch effort for times when no other tool seems to work. Press play and be sure to keep this tutorial in your arsenal for a future date.
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