With Paint Shop Pro
shine technique demonstrates
how to remove one
most troubling problems people face with their digital photos ...glare
off of sweaty skin, light reflections on a nose, hotspots etc.
you know what - it's really not that hard to eliminate shine
with Paint Shop
Pro Photo X2. The technique involves the Clone Tool,
perhaps the Object
Remover, some layers, maybe a selection and a lot of a
shiny surfaces really are areas of blown out highlights with no detail
whatsoever at the worst and some detail in others areas.
If an area is completely devoid of any texture (just brilliant white)
then another approach may be necessary but most shiny areas can be
picture is typical of the problem most digital camera users seem to
There are highlights on
bridge of the nose, on the side of the nose, at the end of the nose as
well as on the forehead.
This Paintshop eliminate shine technique will deal with the easy areas
(nose and bridge of the nose) with the Clone Tool and the
more difficult are above her right eyebrow will be fixed with the Object Remover
Clone Tool and
Paintshop Eliminate Shine
Make a copy of the original image by right clicking on the background
layer, selecting Duplicate and then
create a new Raster Layer (give the new layer a name so you can keep
track of your work - say Nose Tip).
Activate the Nose Tip layer and select the Clone Tool. In
this case both the Aligned
and Use All Layers
Boxes are checked. Use All Layers lets you go from the image
blank layer. Being on a blank layer means you can throw away
mistakes or change opacity if you wish.
If you're using a Wacom tablet set the pen pressure to Opacity in the
Brush Variance Palette.
If you are using a mouse then lower the Opacity of the Clone Brush.
This is where the power of a Wacom tablet really shows up - you can
zoom in really close and smoooooothly
clone away the shine without those herky-jerky mouse movements
Zoom in really close and select a Source
(the non-shiny pixels) by right clicking on the image and then
very carefully start cloning away the shine. Keep your brush
small and take your time (change the brush size by pressing the ALT
key, left clicking and drag left to make the brush smaller).
the Source Point as
close as you can to the shiny area to maintain
similar brightness and color - you may have to set a lot of different
Here's the nose before and after cloning..
The exact same procedure can be followed to eliminate the shine from
the bridge of her nose as well.
a new layer and name it Bridge then gently clone away the shine from
the surrounding pixels. Take care to blend in the pixels to
prevent you work from looking amateurish - you know what I
Match and blend the areas.
Here is the bridge before and after ...
is the tried and true way of eliminating those annoying shiny spots
butPaintshop has another fabulous way to eliminate shine ...
Paintshop Object Remover
to Eliminate Shine
some cases you will run into a situation like the area above her right
eyebrow, that is, a large area of burned out pixels that needs fixing.
can approach it the same way as the other shiny areas with a new layer
and carefully cloning in some detal- or - you can try someting
The something different is to create a patch to cover the
offending area. Luckliy you have Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 so you also
have the Object
which is really amazing.
Object Remover tool lives with the Clone Tool in the tool bar and when
you select it you will see these controls at the top of the screen.
The function of the Object Remover is fully explained in the Learning
Center and here is a brief overview:
use the Object Remover simply make a loose selection around the
offending area (shiny skin in this case). When you are done
the Square Box and it will appear on your screen. It is huge
you will need to downsize it to about the same size as your selection.
- The Lasso
selects the area you want to replace.
- The Square
selects the area you want to use to
fill the area selected by the Lasso.
- The Opacity
are self explanatory.
- The Check
Mark applies the 'object removing'.
- The Back
Arrow undoes what you just did.
|Object Remover in Action
the small box to an area that is similar in hue and brightness to what
you want the shiny area to be and then click the checkmark.
If you are
not pleased with the results simply undo the last command, move the box
to a different area and try again. You can adjust the Opacity
Feathering to help.
An experienced Paint
user made the following suggestion about using
the Object Remover ...
"Just a hint about the Object Remover. Use the tool on a separate
layer (check use all layers) and set tool opacity to between 20 and 30
(click the apply tool as many times as needed). "
Use the Clone Tool to do any final tuneups
to the area. In addition I added a small amount of Noise
(Gaussian and monochrome) before I de-selected.
||Shine Eliminated With
Once you get the hang of using the Object Remover you will fly through
it with great results.
So there you go - two simple methods for eliminate shine with Paintshop
from a nose or
forehead or pretty much anything with that great product from Corel -
Paint Shop Pro Photo X2!
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