Photo Editing: How To Edit Out Reflections on Glasses
Photo editing subjects that are wearing glasses can be a
challenge. Depending on the natural lighting as well as the camera
flash, glare and reflection can be produced. These can distract the
viewer's attention away from the subject of a photo and more towards the
reflection or glare. An experienced photographer will be able to
skillfully avoid producing these factors. There are instances where
tweaking may be necessary to remove any remaining reflections or glare.
Here are a few steps in editing the reflections on glasses.
Step 1: Zoom into the Image
When editing photos, it is important to work up close. This makes the
editing process easier, as the user will be able to clearly see the
exact area that requires correcting. Open one at 100% or a size which
can fill 1/3 of the screen at most and another image at a larger
magnification. This allows the editor to see and make changes to the
magnified area and automatically see its effects with a normal sized
image. To open a duplicate, go to the View menu and select New Window.
Move the duplicate to a spot which allows seeing both the original and
Step 2: Create a New Layer
Make the revisions on a separate layer. This will allow the editor to
make multiple revisions while retaining the original file. It also
allows the editor to see and compare if the changes will make the image
look better and not worse. There are several options of creating a new
layer. Through the main menu, click Layer > New > Layer. On the
Layers Palette, click the icon named Create a new layer or simply press
Shift + Ctrl + N for Windows or Shift + Command + N for computers
running on Mac.
Step 3: Paint over the Reflection
The most powerful photo editing software programs have a number of
tools available for editors to use in order to remove the reflection or
glare. Some of the more common and popular tools involve the Clone Stamp
and the Healing Brush. Each has its own set of advantages. The main
difference between these two tools is that the Clone Stamp replaces the
area with the reference sample while the Healing Stamp blends in the
texture within the original area. Selecting which one to use depends on
the situation. For removing glass reflections on the skin, the Healing
Brush is more efficient. As the sample is taken from areas near the
original, the skin tone is similar. The Clone Stamp is handy when
removing reflections on the eyes. The sample color can be copied from
the other eye from the image.
Step 4: Experiment with the Effects
Regardless of the tool being used, the editor will need to try to find the correct sample to get the color and effect right. As the changes are made on a new layer, the editor will be able to undo a number of changes if unsatisfied with the effect or create an entirely new layer to try new effects. Adjust the size of the brush whenever necessary to achieve a more natural effect.