Advanced Editing

Remove color fringe from a photo

Written by Gail Bjork

Steps to remove the unsightly effects of chromatic aberration and purple fringing in digital photos.

Purple fringingChromatic aberration and purple fringing are two distortion effects that can appear in photographs, particularly scenes with very high contrast and strong backlighting. A colored fringe or “ghosting” is seen around objects.

Many digital cameras process their images to remove purple fringing and chromatic aberration, but they are not always successful at removing them completely.

Lens correctionPhoto editing programs such as Adobe Elements, Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro have plug-ins that will help to remove these undesirable effects.

Some editing programs also have a lens distortion correction filter. It corrects chromatic aberration by realigning the blue, green and red channels. This often yields a picture that is actually sharper than before.

For purple fringing, the best processing solution is to remove it by adjusting the hue/saturation/lightness tool when editing. If needed, the levels tool can be also applied to increase overall brightness and contrast.

Screenshot is from Adobe Camera RAW

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.