Photo Editing: How To Prevent Reflections on Glasses

Photo editing can do a lot when dealing with reflections on objects, such as glasses. Individuals that wear glasses can be particularly challenging. Glare and reflections will distract from the subject of the photo. This problem can be reduced if not completely eliminated. Experienced photographers will know what to do to prevent this, and for amateurs, there are plenty of photo editing tricks that can be applied.

Step 1: Prevention

There are a few preventative steps to keep in mind so the editing after the shot is taken is minimal. For indoor pictures have the person wearing glasses, turn just a little but away from the light source. Do not use a pop up flash. It is also possible to reduce reflection by tilting the glasses about a half an inch downward. This small angle change can make a big change.

Step 2: Zoom

To effectively remove all the glare, it is necessary to get as up close as possible to the problem area. Open the photo at 100% and then zoom up as possible to the glasses. Also, open a duplicate copy to see how your changes will affect the original photo. 

Step 3: Create New Layer

All the changes should be made on a new layer. This means that the original can remain unchanged and new layers will be changed. Name the new layer appropriately and use this layer for the changes.

Step 4: Paint over Reflection

To eliminate reflections, it is best to paint over the reflection. Some of the easiest tools within photo editing programs will be healing brushed or clone stamps. The clone stamp will replace the reflection with a reference sample, and the healing brush will blend in this reflected texture with that of the texture around it. The result of the healing brush for reflection on skin is the most efficient. A clone stamp is the best for reflections in eyes.

Step 5: Use Lasso Tool

A lasso tool can be used to trace around the reflection. Then different levels are adjusted to remove the glare. Manipulate the sliders until the reflection is gone or at least minimized as much as possible. This can be a useful step to get large areas of glare as much as possible. 

Step 5: Use Glare Tool

Some programs will come with a glare tool. This will allow for blending with the area background to remove the reflection. Many times, a lot of new layers will be needed to completely remove the glare. 

Step 6: Lens Replacement

If there is only glare on one lens, then simply select the good lens, flip the lens, and then move it to the other lens that has the reflection issue. It may be necessary to skew and rotate the lens to get it to fit properly. This can produce some of the best results for eliminating glare, though it is not always available.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

Other painting effects can be used to get rid of the final bits of glare. If the glare was quite bad in the first place, then it may be difficult to completely remove it. However, do the best possible with the photo editing software.