How to Remove Flash Glare Using Photoshop

Written by darrin koltow
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Removing flash glare with Photoshop helps depict the people shown in your digital photos in their best light. It also increases the professionalism of your photos overall, which makes them more appealing for viewers. To remove flash with Photoshop, add a new layer atop the photo whose glare you want to remove, then zoom into the regions containing glare. Paint onto the new layer over these regions, using colours from the non-glare areas of the photo.

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  1. 1

    Click the "File" menu's "Open" command, then navigate to and double-click a file from which you'd like to remove flash glare. Click the paper icon at the bottom of the "Layers" palette to create a new layer. You'll paint on this layer to remove the flash glare.

  2. 2

    Click the magnifying glass icon from the tool palette to run the "Zoom" tool, then click above and to the left of the portion of your photo with the glare. Drag down and right until the selection marquee covers the entire glare area. When you release the mouse, Photoshop will zoom the display into the glare area.

  3. 3

    Click the eyedropper icon from the tool palette to run the "Eyedropper" tool, which loads the current painting colour from your picture. Click the mouse cursor on a portion of your picture close to but outside a portion showing glare.

  4. 4

    Click the paintbrush icon from the tool palette to run the "Paintbrush" tool, then click the second drop-down from the left in the area above the drawing canvas. This opens the "Brush presets" window, which lets you size the brush.

  5. 5

    Drag the "Size" slider to the left if the brush outline attached to your cursor is too big compared to the image portion you'll paint. Drag the slider to the right to increase the brush size.

  6. 6

    Drag the "Opacity" slider, which is three controls to the right of the "Brush presets" control, until the adjacent text box displays a number between 50 and 75 per cent. This action makes your brush strokes less obvious and more natural by making them semi-transparent.

  7. 7

    Drag the mouse over the glare portions to paint away the glare. Repeat steps 3 through 7 as needed to replace all glare areas with non-glare colours of your photo.

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