How to Remove Glare in Adobe Photoshop
Here we are again my aspiring photographers. You just got back from that spontaneous vacation you took took to Paris and have a bunch of pictures, or if you’re like me, you went absolutely nowhere and just happen to be looking through all of your old photos when you notice something, well uh…glaring. Alright, bad pun, I know, but it’s time to fix all of your photos that the sun, artificial lighting, or that pesky little flash tainted. Luckily, if you’re reading this blog and you have Adobe Photoshop, I can show you how to quickly remove glare in the easiest way possible. I should qualify that the way I am going to show you, is by no means the best or most accurate way, but an easy option if you’re looking for a quick fix.
Take this photograph I took for example. I forgot to turn off the flash on my camera, so it reflected off the plastic case of the eyelashes and showed up in my picture.
Now if you’re like me, and if you’re still reading you are, that glare in the top left corner is driving you nuts. Fortunately, because that area is black, I can easily just paint over it with the Brush Tool in photoshop. After you upload your photo, click the Brush Tool in your left option bar. DO NOT confuse the Brush Tool icon with the Quick Selection Tool or History Brush Tool icons.
<—————- BINGO! Yes, the Brush Tool
<—————– NO WAY! Not the History Brush Tool
Now that you have the right tool, simply select the color black or #000000 and use the paint brush to cover the glare. You might want to zoom in to make things easier, and the process requires a steady hand. Remember, this is not the best way to remove glare, just the quickest and easiest way!
Viola! The glare on the black is fixed. If you are unsure of the exact color, you’re trying to remove glare from (i.e. its not black or white), use the Lasso Tool. The Lasso Tool icon is, fittingly, a rope tied into a lasso. This allows you to freehand select an area on the photo. Select an area that is the same color as the place where you want to remove glare, and then click copy under the edit menu. After the object is copied, click paste under the edit menu, and move the new section to cover the glare. It is better to lasso a small part of the photo, and copy and paste several times, so that you can ensure the accuracy of your coverage.
Keep taking photos my friends!