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Stuart Samuels
Best way to achieve Chromatic Aberration effect
on Sep 18, 2011 at 11:17:06 am


I was trying to get a specific extreme chromatic aberration effect for a video I'm planning and I stumbled upon this FB image that has the exact look I'm aiming for;

Could anyone suggest the best way to achieve this look? I can get close but I can't seem to get it just right.


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ben g unguren
Re: Best way to achieve Chromatic Aberration effect
on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:18:04 am

Plugins are easiest. There are a few on -- I've used this one with success:

If you want to do it yourself, you need three copies of your footage, then isolate the red, green, and blue channels on each respective layer (using the Shift Channels filter), then apply the Optics Compensation filter to the red and blue channels and distort them in opposite directions. Finally set each layer to an Add mode and they should combine back together properly, with aberrations in the chroma at the edges (depending on how much distortion you apply to the red and blue channels).

Ben Unguren
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