Three Ways to Get Rid of Purple Fringing in Adobe Lightroom


If you’re reading this, chances are that you complain about purple fringing in images and that it bothers you a lot. To be honest, it really shouldn’t and you should also know that it is easily removed.

Before we go on though, you should know that purple fringing is caused by very, very high contrast issues and is largely a lens based issue. To get rid of it, you need to do some very, very minor tweaking in Adobe Lightroom.

First off, if you’re cranking the contrast up too much, scale it back a bit. By raising the contrast in your images, it introduces the chance of purple fringing happening. So instead work with the black and white levels.

If it happens, scroll down in Adobe Lightroom to the HSL / Color / B&W panel and look at both luminance and saturation. Scale the purple or magenta levels back and forth. We’re specifically saying to experiment with these because your image may have purple in the scene that you genuinely don’t want to touch.

That’s it.

So why are we keeping this post so short? Because we want you to know how easy it to get rid of purple fringing and so that you won’t complain about it anymore.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.