Removing Purple Fringing

by SomeGirl on April 26, 2011 · 1 comment

As promised, here’s a tutorial on how I remove purple fringing. Hope you find it helpful! :)

Let’s look at last week’s purple fringing example…

Open your file in Photoshop (I’m using CS3, so my tutorial will be from that view point. I’m hoping the steps are similar in other programs.)

Click on the “Brush Tool” on the left sidebar of tools (see photo below).

Choose the word “Color” from the drop down “Mode” menu (see picture below).

Select appropriate brush size for the area you’re working with and change your view to 200% or more in the bottom left box, just below the image.

Press the alt key and click on an area near the purple fringing to choose an appropriate color to “paint over” the purple line. In this example I chose the brown just above the paint brush to start, then moved over to the orange and white.

Once your color is chosen, simply paint over the purple line with the new color. Do this in small, precise steps. You’ll find it much easier to correct mistakes if you make a stroke or two then release the mouse before doing more strokes. When you need to “undo” a stroke you’ll lose less of your work (you’ll understand this more after you do it on your own a bit).

There you have it! How I get rid of purple fringing. :) Btw, I’m on my way down to hang out with my sweet husband and watch a couple of our shows, so I’ve done a quick fix on this photo. It’s also been blown up to show details and has imperfections. In other words, this isn’t done well enough to pass an inspection, but hopefully it’s done well enough to get you started on correcting your purple fringing issues. :)

Now, off to hang out with my sweet husband. Feel free to leave questions in the comment section. I’ll reply as soon as I have a chance. :)

Btw, if you wrote to me earlier this week asking for photo critiques I tried to email back, but my email bounced back from your account… please add somegirlswebsite {at} gmail {dot} com to your address book and try emailing me again. :)

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This is my favorite way to remove color fringing. The only thing I do differently is to first create a create a new layer in the layers palette and switch it to color. Then I proceed as you have described so well here. If you do the edits on the new layer, then you are not destructively editing the original image. And you can also make changes to transparency, see exactly where you’ve painted by hiding the original layer, and make later changes to your edits. Sometimes automated and other manual methods work well, but sometimes they don’t. This method always works. Sure, it may be a bit time consuming…but perfection has its price.

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