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Glasses Glare Removal - Lightroom 3

Amel D , Oct 23, 2011; 11:52 p.m.

Hi All -
I've tried researching on here and elsewhere if glasses glare removal is possible in Lightroom and I am not finding any good results. Can someone please answer this for me. If it is possible, can you show me some steps/tips how this is done. Based on what I am reading that this is only possible in Photoshop.
Thank you all!


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D.B. Cooper , Oct 24, 2011; 03:39 a.m.

Since Lightroom is basically a global image editor, and glare removal takes pixel-level editing, your conclusion is correct. Either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements can do that job, but not Lightroom. If the glare isn't too large you might be able to touch it up with the clone/heal tool in Lightroom, but probably not.

Frank Mueller , Oct 24, 2011; 09:24 a.m.

For what it's worth, GIMP would be as well suited to glare removal as Photoshop, and GIMP is free! Unfortunately both programs are fairly complex, and take a while to become familiar with. In addition, glare removal can be quite an involved procedure, depending on how much and which parts of the eye need to be restored.

Mark Anthony Kathurima , Oct 24, 2011; 09:51 a.m.

I wouldn't entirely rule out Lightroom, although as has been said, it is not exactly the best tool for such a job. Can you post the photo whose glare you want removed? I'd like to give it a try in LR3 if I can...

Amel D , Oct 24, 2011; 10:43 a.m.

Thank you all for your helpful responses.
Mark - I will post a photo later today (around 5 - 6 Central time)- I apologize but I don't have access to my photos right now. In what format would you like me to post this? Raw?
If Lightroom doesn't work - I will give Element or GIMP a try.

JC Uknz , Oct 24, 2011; 04:05 p.m.

Re-size the area, say an inch around the glasses to no more than 700 pixels and compress if needed to < 100Kb.
While we are mentioning programmes I'd expect to be able to do it with Paint Shop Pro :-) Maybe even Paint Net.

Amel D , Oct 24, 2011; 05:45 p.m.

Here is one of many photo's that I am having issues with.

Problem Image

Amel D , Oct 24, 2011; 05:53 p.m.

Please let me know if you need this in a different format. Thank you

Tom Mann , Oct 24, 2011; 06:02 p.m.

Amel, unfortunately, in the reduced size version of the image that you posted, there are not enough pixels around the eyeglasses for anyone to do a good job on the removal of the reflections. JC suggested this first, and I completely agree that you should take the full resolution photo and simply crop away everything but the area of the eyeglasses and post the cropped version without further reduction in the number of pixels.

Tom M

Scott Ferris , Oct 24, 2011; 06:16 p.m.

Less than 30 seconds with burn tool set for highlights, small radius and 35% exposure.

burn tool set for highlights

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