Have you noticed that after you process an HDR image you get a purple fringe around parts of your image? Sometimes it’s more noticeable than other times, but either way it’s annoying.
Well, there’s no reason to be annoyed anymore, thanks to a Photoshop action called the Purple Fringe Killer. I found this action for free on the Internet. I wish I knew who to credit, but it’s just been floating around. I definitely have found that it’s made a difference in some of my images.
Here is an image straight out of Photomatix and untouched in Photoshop yet. In this image, you can’t really see the purple fringe. You’ll need to zoom in close. In some images it’s obvious even before you zoom in, depending on the colors in the image.
Here I’ve zoomed into the top of the lighthouse where you can definitely see the purple fringe.
Here is the Photoshop action I was mentioning. All I have to do is run the action, and it gets rid of the purple fringe.
Halfway through the action, it asks you to “Press continue if there is red-tinged fringing left”. I always click continue.
Here, the action has finished doing its work. It doesn’t get rid of the purple 100%. But it does do a very good job of getting rid of 95% of the fringing.
I definitely recommend the “Purple Fringe Killer”.
Here are the “before” and “after” images.
Click here to download the action.You should copy the action into the \Presets\Actions folder where Photoshop is installed on your computer.
Enjoy, and have fun with photography!