Natural light and light from the camera's flash reflect on glasses, and the result is an unappealing glare in photographs. In some cases, the glare on glasses even obscures facial details. Whether the glare in your photo lightens the entire lens or causes random bright spots, it is possible to remove distracting glare and to restore details with Photoshop Elements. Acquaint yourself with the "Spot Healing Brush" and "Clone Stamp" tools because they are essential to performing his type of repair.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Examine your image and choose the lens that shows the smallest amount of glare and requires the least amount of repair.
Select the "Spot Healing Brush" that is represented by a bandage with a circle behind it. In the "Options" bar, choose the "Content-Aware" setting, and then pick a soft brush in an appropriate size. Click and drag over small areas of glare to remove them. Focus on areas without many details, such as the skin or the white of the eye.
Choose the "Healing Brush" tool that is located under the "Spot Healing Brush." You will use this tool to repair details in the skin and eyes. Adjust the brush size in the "Options" bar. Hold down the "Alt" key and click in a clear area that closely matches the portion you need to correct. Paint with the tool to replace the glare with pixels from the sampled area. It will use information from the area you define but blend the pixels to match the area you are repairing. Sample new areas for the tool to draw from as you work.
Select the "Clone Stamp" tool, and again choose a soft-edged brush in a suitable size. Press "Alt" and click to define a source point for the "Clone Stamp" tool. This tool functions similarly to the "Healing Brush" tool, but the "Clone Stamp" simply copies pixels from the source point, making it useful for fixing details such as eyelashes. Define new source points regularly as you edit the image.
Repeat Step 2 through Step 4 on the other lens. If the glare is significant, continue to Step 6 after repairing all the small reflections using the retouching tools.
Choose the "Selection Brush." Click and drag over the repaired lens to make a selection.
Go to "Edit," and then "Copy." Choose "Edit," and then "Paste" to create a new layer from the selection.
Select the "Move" tool, then click and drag the new layer over to the opposite side of the face.
Go to the "Image" menu. Pick "Rotate," and then "Flip Horizontal."
Reduce the layer's opacity until you can see both the new layer and the original image.
Go to "Image," then "Rotate" and then "Free Rotate Layer."
Move your cursor over one of the handles and click to rotate the layer. Adjust the layer's position until it matches the original picture as closely as possible. Click the green "Commit" button or press "Enter" to make the change.
Go to the "Layers" panel and return the layer's opacity to 100 per cent.
Click on the "Eraser" tool and remove any excess portions of the layer using a soft-edged brush.
Remove Bright Reflections
Choose a selection tool from the "Toolbox." The "Selection Brush" or "Quick Selection" tool work well for creating accurate selections, even in small areas. Adjust tool settings, such as the brush size, in the "Options" bar.
Click and drag to select one entire lens of the glasses. Hold down the "Shift" key and add the other lens to the selection.
Click the black and white circle icon at the bottom of the "Layers" palette to create a new "Adjustment Layer." Pick "Levels" from the menu that appears.
Adjust the sliders in the levels dialogue box to reduce the glare and improve the clarity. Move the "Shadows" slider to the right to darken the selection, and the "Highlights" slider to the left to lighten the selection. Use the "Midtones" slider in the middle to fine-tune the adjustments. It may take some experimentation to match the lenses to the rest of your image.
Click "OK" to apply the "Adjustment Layer."
Remove Full Lens Glare
Tips and warnings
- Use the "Zoom" tool to get a better view of the area you are editing.
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