How to Remove a Glare in Photoshop

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Photoshop is software for manipulating photos and images using your computer. One common manipulation technique is the removal of glare in a photo. Even with the most carefully planned lighting, reflective surfaces can still bounce light back at the camera, causing glare. Luckily, such glare can be removed.

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    Remove the Glare

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    Open the image in Photoshop, and immediately create a new blank layer on top of the image layer. Click this new blank layer to ensure that all of your work will be done on this layer, and not on the original image.

  2. 2

    Click on the Healing Brush tool in your tool menu bar. In the options menu at the top, switch the settings to "Sample All Layers."

  3. 3

    Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and click on the area surrounding the glare. This will take a sample. Be sure not to click the glare itself, but try to get as close as possible to where the glare is. When you have your sample, let go of the Alt key.

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    Use the magnifying glass to zoom in, if it helps you see what you are doing, and begin painting over the glare with your Healing Brush tool. Use short strokes, rather than one long painting. That way, if you have to go back to correct an error, you won't have to redo all of your work.

  5. 5

    With the glare covered, switch to to Clone Stamp tool. Use the same process as the Healing Brush: holding the Alt key, sampling the area, and painting over where the glare was. This second phase of painting will help smooth out the image.

  6. 6

    Use the Blur or Smudge tools, if the line where the image and paint meet is visible. It should be difficult to see even if these tools are not used, but some people like the added effect.

  7. 7

    Click the top layer in the layers menu, and hold down the Shift key. Click the bottom layer, so that both layers will be highlighted. Right-click one of the layers and choose the option "Merge Layers."

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