A reader wanted to know how to remove Chromatic Aberration in Lightroom. It’s a super-easy fix: read on for details. Some of you, however, might be asking, “What the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is chromatic aberration?”

What Is Chromatic Aberration?

Chromatic aberration is an uncommon photo effect that normally appears in high contrast areas of outdoor photos. Chromatic aberration is also referred to as purple fringing or color fringing.

This photo has chromatic aberration. Do you see it?

Remove Chromatic Aberration in Lightroom

It’s hard to spot. Do you see it now?

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Oh yeah. That purple fringe is classic chromatic aberration.

Chromatic aberration occurs when a camera is unable to focus all of the colors on the same plane. It’s frequently purple or green, but can appear in just about any color.

How to Remove Chromatic Aberration in Lightroom

Why Lightroom? Well, removing Chromatic Aberration takes a lot longer in Photoshop Elements. To remove chromatic aberration in Lightroom, scroll down in the Develop Module to the Lens Corrections Panel. Click on Color.

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Put a check in the Remove Chromatic Aberration box. This will give you Lightroom’s automatic adjustment. You can increase the Amount, if necessary. Or, use the eyedropper to click on the chromatic aberration. This will tell Lightroom exactly which color of chromatic aberration needs to be removed.

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In the photo above, I hovered my cursor just over the purple fringing. When I clicked on it, the chromatic aberration was completely cleaned up. You can see from the settings in the screen shot below that this click helped Lightroom include just a bit more purple in its calculation. However, the Auto fix was pretty close.

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Summary: Remove Chromatic Aberration in Lightroom

Use the Color tab of the Lens Corrections panel in Lightroom’s Develop module. Check the Remove Chromatic Aberration box for an automatic fix. For a more detailed fix, click the eyedropper and then click on the chromatic aberration in your photo.