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CS4 Video or tutorial for removing bad glare on both lens of eyeglasses?

John Hill , Jan 13, 2010; 04:49 a.m.

I have CS4 but have never retouched glass glare. Boy could not see without them so we had to leave them on and of course the parents liked this image with bad glare on both lens. I have been all over photo.net and utube looking for a tutorial or video that shows step by step but not much luck. My fault for adding it to contact sheet. I found one video that tried to explain how to move glasses from another photo but the video but it was PS Elements and it was too small and I could not understand or see the steps that the guy was showing.
Is it possible to correct glare when it is on eyeball like the left side? At any rate if you know of a link to video or steps on how to correct this I sure appreciate it. If it looks impossible to correct just tell me. I get the feeling I am going to spend way to much time on this image. Thanks in advance.


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David Thomasson , Jan 13, 2010; 08:59 a.m.

I've fixed glare that bad, and I can tell it's going to take a lot of time. Most of the work has to be done with the clone stamp. For the glare on camera-left, you can copy the other eye, flip it horizontally, place it on the left, and blend it in with a layer mask. But first you have to fix the camera-right eye.
Any possibility of re-shooting? On the technical points, this is a pretty bad picture: Camera angle looking down on subject, glare on glasses, shadow behind boy, subject off center facing out of the frame. Direct flash is just about the least flattering light you could use for this.

Ben Goren , Jan 13, 2010; 11:45 a.m.


I’m with David. Unless you want to use this as an opportunity to learn some retouching skills, this image isn’t worth the time. Personally, I’d use it as an excuse to go back to the beach with the boy and get a better picture.

I’d recommend a stand-mounted flash with umbrella at about the height of the boy’s head, positioned at about a 45° angle (maybe even more) to camera left. Position the camera at about the height of the boy’s chest, fill the frame with his head-to-toe image, and position the bright clouds to his right (camera left).

If you don’t have a stand, umbrella, and radio trigger, you can get all three for less than $100 total. Get a cheap stand and umbrella and a $25 Cactus wireless trigger.

Or, you could probably pull it off with a slow shutter speed on self-timer and manually popping the flash. Set the self-timer to ten seconds, walk into position while counting the seconds, and fire the flash right after you hear the shutter fire. If it’s a 1- or 2-second (or longer) exposure, you should get the shot.

See Strobist for more ideas.



John Hill , Jan 13, 2010; 02:22 p.m.

Hi Guys
Thanks for the suggestions. No chance for re-shoot. Family was on vacation. The boy was very hyper and most pix were shot as he raced (see footprints behind him) around the beach. Very lucky to get shots of him standing still. I would like to attempt to fix but it might just be practice since the the glare is so bad.
Anyone point me to a link or video on the steps? Remember I have never tried this before and I just know basic photoshop. How would I do these steps?
you can copy the other eye- Lasso tool?
flip it horizontally- What tool? I found flip canvas but no flip image.
place it on the left- What tool?
blend it in with a layer mask? how?
As mentioned I also have similar pix with glare not as bad but they chose this image. The one tutorial I found talked about copying the glasses from one image and moving them to another but the steps were to small to view and could not understand the author. Plus it was PS Elements so I could not guess what tools he was using. Would replacing glasses from another similar image be easier? Would need steps if so. I would imagine CS3 or earlier version would be fine if someone does not have CS4.

Herma Ornes , Jan 13, 2010; 02:35 p.m.

Email me the picture. I take a stab at it.

John Hill , Jan 13, 2010; 03:10 p.m.

Herma that is very sweet of you. I will send the image, plus a simliar image in which glare is not as bad in case replacing glasses is easier. You have a nice portfolio. Beautiful colors and very creative.
Curious as to how long it took you to work on image after you are done. Also would still like the steps for removing glare since this will happen again and I need to know how. I also went to Adobe web site thinking I could find the answer there but had no luck when doing my searches.
Herma, I looked at your contact info on here and clicked on email. I did not see a way to attach image. I will send you and email and add my email addy in case you need it. Thanks, John Hill

jacopo brembati , Jan 13, 2010; 03:31 p.m.

I fixed it in a fast and dirty way using clone tool of PhotoResampling.
I suppose Clone tool of PhotoShop can do the job.


John Hill , Jan 13, 2010; 05:22 p.m.

jacopo Thanks...
That looks better then what I have. It is hard to see from your sample. Just curious what happens to the eye behind on the left side. Since it is covered by glare then your version probably does not really show any eye detail but rather just a dark eye?
What is fast and dirty? Clone is all you used? Would you suggest that the lens be darkened just a tad from your sample if I tried that this tecnique?

Herma Did you get my email? I sent it through the photo.net site and sent you my email addy. Just doing a follow up since I did not get a reply.

nikolai jerabek , Jan 13, 2010; 11:02 p.m.

Since it is covered by glare then your version probably does not really show any eye detail but rather just a dark eye?

usually you just take the " better " half; copy > cmd "j"> new layer from selection( rectangle); flip (edit>transform >flip horiz.) and adjust (transform/ move, rotoate, scale,..) it to fit the other half of the face; mask around the glasses so eyebrows,... won't change, the face gets another look but that would be the >how to;
forget about umbrella,stand,.. for a beach walk ?! get a little softbox"to go" for your speedlight or a beauty dish-adapter; there a plenty of them, use a pol filter to enhance sky, reflections ( won't work rectangular ) if you want get a little reflector ( like a cheep foil or these first aid-aluminum-blankets) and let your flash bounce from that, try to expose a little longer give your flash one f-stop less, so you'll get rid of this flash-effect and the boys shadows;

Herma Ornes , Jan 13, 2010; 11:40 p.m.

Oh good, Jacopo probably did a much better job then I could. Don't feel frustrated, I took a $240 photoshop class at a local community college but in the end I still am bad at layer masks and such. The clone tool is my best friend. Layers, smayers.....

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