Remove Glare And Reflections
From Glasses

Lots of times the subjects in your photos have glare and reflections from light in their glasses. Could it be getting more common because of the aging of the baby boomers?

This is another problem that you can eliminate with Photoshop Elements. This tutorial will take a little more time and skill than some of the other problems. But because you will be working on a separate layer your original image will be safe from permanent changes.

Just take your time and work at it until you get it just right. You'll amaze friends and family at how much magic you can work.

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Open the photo with the glare. Removing glare and reflections involves using mostly the Healing brush and the Clone Stamp tool. The main difference between the two tools is that the Healing Brush blends in some texture from the original area and the Clone Stamp completely covers up the area with the new area you sample from.
Glare in glasses Photoshop Elements tools


Zoom in on the eye with the least amount of glare using the Zoom tool (shortcut: Z ). In our example that's the eye on the right.

When you zoom in on your image for repair work it's nice to work up close. But the enlarged view can be somewhat distorted because of the enlarged pixels. In those situations I like to open a duplicate of the image at 100% view so I can see how it will look when viewed at normal size and also see the fix in relation to the rest of the image.

To open another copy go to the View menu and choose the top option: New Window for… If the new copy goes over your enlarged view grab the Move tool (shortcut: V ) and drag it so you can see both views. Now when you make changes to the large view you can see the results reflected in the smaller view.

Two views in Photoshop Elements


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In the Layers palette click on the Create new layer icon to add a new layer above the Background. That way all the changes will be on a separate layer and the original will be left unchanged. New layer Photoshop Elements

Select the Healing Brush tool from the toolbox. In the Options bar click on the number after the word Brush to bring up the Brush Picker (see image below).

Make sure the Hardness slider is all the way to the left or 0%. Continuing left to right in the Options bar choose Normal, Sampled, check Aligned and All Layers.

Make sure you're working on the new layer you created earlier. Healing Brush options bar for Photoshop Elements


Hold the Alt (Mac:Option) key to sample an area of your image where there is no glare, but is similar to what you want to replace the glare and reflections with. Your cursor will turn into a bulls eye while you're sampling. Let go of the Alt (Mac:Option) key and move your cursor over the reflection. Now just click and drag with your cursor over the glare to blend in the sampled area.

Remember you can change the size of your cursor by pressing the left and right bracket keys until your brush is the size you want it.

Work on the zoomed image but check your progress on the actual-size image. If you don't like the results try sampling another area and paint over the area again with the new sample.

Sample and brush for Photoshop Elements


Now let's switch to the eye on the left and try out the Clone tool. Click on the Clone tool to select it and then make sure all the same options are selected in the Options bar as we used for the Healing Brush.

The first thing I'm going to do is sample the eye on the right that we just fixed. I'll adjust my brush size with the bracket keys to sample the whole iris but not much beyond it. Hold down the Alt (Mac:Option) key and click to sample. Sample for Clone stamp in Photoshop Elements


Put your cursor right over the the iris of the eye on the left and click once or twice until it looks good.

Now it's just a matter of sampling good areas and then painting over the glare and reflections. Sample from different areas to avoid repeat patterns and adjust your brush size as needed. Sooner or later you'll get it to look natural and be rid of all the glare and reflections.

Here's the before and after:

Glare and reflections removal in Photoshop Elements

That wraps up this Photoshop Elements tutorial on how to remove glare and reflections. See more Photoshop Elements tutorials by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

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Until next time,

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