Often times when you are shooting with the flash in the camera hotshoe, you might end up with reflections in people's eye-ware / glasses. In this quick tutorial I will show you how to remove glare using Adobe Photoshop. I learned this technique from Aaeron Nace on phlearn.com.
For this tutorial, you need to make sure that there is one eye that is relatively clear of reflection. In our case the left eye of the gentleman in the image above. This is important because we need it to be cloned to the right eye. But if we clone from the left eye Photoshop paint out of perspective. Luckily in Photoshop, there is a setting where you can invert what you are cloning.
Open the image in Ps and duplicate the layer. We want to work nondestructively. Type S for the clone stamp tool. Make sure:
- Opacity is 100%
- Flow is 100%
- Sample: Current and Below
To get to the Clone Source Dialogue, go to Window – Clone Source. This is where we can change the settings of the clone stamp tool. Basically we want to invert the painting process.
- Turn on “Show Overlay” to reveal a preview of what you are cloning
- Flip the Width so that the cloning is flipped horizontally
Then, select the left eye as a source and start cloning the right eye to take care of the majority of the glare. Be sure to use layers in small areas and match up the glasses as closely as you can. Also make use of layer mask and hide all mistakes if needed. If you found that your painting is out of perspective for a specific detail, use a separate layer and free transform that layer to rotate and align to the face features. The preview can really help you achieve this. Also maker sure you lower layer opacity for better blending.