Learn how to use Photoshop to get rid of the reflections and glare off the glasses. This article demonstrates a novel and practical technique for quickly and simply eliminating glare and reflections from glasses without obliterating the original ocular features.

Photoshop offers a wide variety of options for actions. This is one of those “I wonder if it will work” scenarios, and boy, did it ever work. I learn most of my tactics by trying a lot of various things. No technique works on every image, therefore I won’t make any promises that this will. This is why it’s important to learn several techniques. However, I believe you’ll discover that when it occurs, it’s superior than the other approaches because the person’s real facial characteristics are preserved. Let’s get started, then.

Pro tip: To eliminate reflections while photographing someone wearing glasses, tilt the glasses just a little bit. as I have demonstrated. By doing this, you can completely avoid needing to fix the glare.

A tutorial on removing glare from glasses in Photoshop CC

LEGEND: Photoshop is the same on Windows and Mac, but the modifier keys are different. On a Mac, Option is Alt on Windows. On a Mac, Ctrl is Cmd. When I type both, it will look like this: (Ctrl for Windows and Cmd for Mac) Ctrl/Cmd+J

Due to the addition of dehaze in CC, this lesson will not function on CS6. However, the most recent version of Lightroom will support it.

Let’s begin with this picture that I discovered on Adobe Stock. Both of the lenses appear to have reflections from a soft box.

STEP 1. Select Camera RawFilter under Filter.

To enable easier, more accurate work, zoom into 100% vision. (My video up top explains everything in full.)

(1) Select the Adjustment Brush.

Set the mask and overlay to on (2)

Increase the flow, density, and feather to 100 (three).

Ensure that auto mask is on.

Use the [and] keys to change the brush size. To choose the reflection spots, paint over them.

Deactivate the overlay and mask. Now that we have a choice, it’s time to change.

Reset Local Correction Settings is the option that appears when you right-click on the hamburger menu on the adjustment brush. This will make everything zero.

STEP 3. Adjustments should be made until the chosen area blends in with the surrounding skin.

Dehaze should be moved first because it will have the most impact.

We only need one lens to seem beautiful, so don’t even care about the reflection to our left. Don’t worry about the corners of our selection’s outline either.

Step four is to tidy up the edges.
To apply Camera Raw, click OK.

Pick the Brush for Healing Spots.

Make the keys and brush nice and small.

Cover the boundary line with paint.

Spot healing will make the edge disappear.

Although it is improving, there is still a slight shine over one brow and an outline at the top. Let’s correct them. (Don’t attempt and use the spot healing brush on the top, I have a better way for you).

Create a new Layer in Step 5 to use as a canvas for cloning.

Step 6: Select the clone Stamp tool and make sure All Layers is checked to ensure that the changes you make are visible.

Fix the brow reflection using a little brush (you saw it in action in the video up above, you watched that first, right?)

Now that we have the outline at the top (if your image doesn’t have the line, you may go ahead a little bit), I want to present all the options so that this tutorial is useful to you in practise.


Lets make a Composite, AKA Stamp Visible Layer (where you make a merged copy of everything on top of the layers)

Press Alt+Ctrl+Shift+E (Windows) / Option+Cmd+Shift+E (Mac). See the new layer on top?

STEP 8. Create a rough selection around the glasses lens using the Quick Selection. If you accidentally make a larger selection, press the Alt/Option key to reduce it.

Step 9: To copy the selected region to a new layer, use Ctrl/Cmd+J.

You don’t need to cover the bottom layers in this case because I’ve hidden them so you can see what happened.

STEP 10. To conceal the seam, we will now slightly widen the chosen area.

To transform for free, press Ctrl/Cmd+T.

To hide the seam, gently enlarge the lens by dragging the top corners. If you temporarily need to see the position visually, reduce the layer’s opacity to 50%.
Enter the key.

STEP 11. You might be thinking right now that maybe no one will notice that you slightly expanded an eye. Don’t worry, that part of the picture won’t be used (amateur move), this is just the first step and nothing will be expanded.

Click on the layer mask icon in the Layers panel (third from the left) while holding down the Alt or Option key. My inverted Mask trick is this.

The top layer will now be obscured.

Now, only the parts that we painted white will be visible. Do you now understand how this method operates? You will in the next phase)

Decide on the brush tool.

Whiten the foreground by pressing the D and X buttons.

Make certain that your brush’s opacity is 100% and that the black mask is selected.

With the white brush, paint along the edge while closely focusing.

Watch how the line simply fades away! In a way, it’s entertaining to do this. Go return to the video and watch what I’m doing if you get lost.

Okay, this eye is beautiful, but how about the other?

For Windows, press Alt+Ctrl+Shift+E; for Mac, press Option+Cmd+Shift+E. create a composite layer, and.

Make a selection all the way around the lens using the Quick Select. The previous selection can be loaded by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+D.

Step 13: To copy the selection to a new Layer, use Ctrl/Cmd+J.

To transform for free, press Ctrl/Cmd+T.

Choose Flip Horizontal by performing a right click inside the bounding box.

The lens will now be shown inverted.

Over the left eye, wag it. On our left

Since no two eyes are alike and we want to protect his real eye, it still doesn’t match exactly. (You could utilise the flipped lens and call it a day if the left lens was fully occluded.)

Pro Tip (optional): Right click and select distort if the two eyes are not straight on but rather slanted. To match the angle, move the corners.

    Let’s perform the inverted mask technique once more.

Create a new layer mask while holding down Alt or Option, and make it black as shown.

Paint over the reflective region to take away the glare with a white brush with soft edges.

We’re all done now. I’m happy you made it this far. The next time you need to use Photoshop CC to remove the reflections from glasses, use this tutorial as a reference.

I sincerely hope you found the video and written instructions helpful and that they enabled you to remove the reflections from your glasses and generally aided in your retouching. If you found it useful, spread the word about PhotoshopCAFE and this tutorial on social media.

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