How to remove chromatic aberration and color fringing in Photoshop

Feb 16, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

How to remove chromatic aberration and color fringing in Photoshop

Feb 16, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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Steve Perry Tutorial

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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Gannon Burgett

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Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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