How to remove shine, glare or hotspots from a nose, a forehead, a cheek or glasses can be a frustrating and baffling problem that seems to resist common sense.
Once you know what to do to remove the shine, however, you will be all over those shiny and glary pictures you have tucked away in an obscure folder somewhere on your computer.
This cloning part of this technique is particularly suited to a Wacom tablet (Intuos or Intuos Pro) because of the pressure sensitivity of the tablets.
It's best to set the primary Photoshop tool in this technique (Clone Tool) to change opacity with pressure. This will provide you with precise control as you remove the shiny parts of your chosen photograph.
The Remove Shine Tool Kit
In this remove shine tutorial you'll be using a variety of different tools and adjustments. The tools include the Clone Tool, The Smudge Tool and the Brush Tool.
The primary remove shine adjustments I used include ...
There is no one tool or adjustment that will reduce shine in every situation so some experimentation may be necessary.
This is a picture of my buddy, Gilles. I took this on a hot afternoon in Phoenix which caused Gilles to sweat a bit on his forehead - hence the shiny bits and a good place to begin this remove shine tutorial.
Here are the simple steps to remove shine on a forehead or cheek or even a nose ...
These are the pictures of Gilles before and after cloning to remove shine.
Gilles After Cloning
This technique uses the Shadows/Highlights
adjustment to remove shine and those annoying hot spots and glare from
glasses. Shadows/highlights is an amazing technique that is fully
explained right here ===>.
This photograph has a nasty hotspot on the rim of the glasses and some skin shine as well.
now removing the shine on the cheek, nose and chin are old hat and easy
to do. The challenge now is to eliminate that nasty hotspot
The first thing to do is to select the shiny area and this is easiest done with the Quick Mask tool.
I set the brush to change size with pressure and set the Feathering to 1.
Here's the mask and the resulting selection ...
After painting in the area to be selected and leaving Quick Mask it was
necessary to Invert the selection (Selection
Now promote your great selection to a new layer (Ctrl-J/Cmd-J) because Shadows/Highlights needs to be done on the original image. With the selection promoted to a layer we now have an original making it much easier to remove shine and hot spots.
With the promoted layer selected select Image > Adjustments
Shadows/Highlights to bring up the palette ...
Shadows Highlights Palette
Shadows/Highlights palette with the default setting.
Because we have no need to lighten the shadows, the top three sliders need to be moved fully to the left - a setting of zero.
The goal here is to darken the highlights (the hotspot on the rim) so the sliders that are of most interest are the Highlights sliders.
Tonal Width - the range covered from either end (that is the shadow or highlight end) toward the mid-tones. The range is 0% to 100%.
Amount - specifies the strength of the lightening (for the shadows) or darkening (for the highlights). The range is 0% to 100%.
Radius - specifies how far around each pixel is searched to determine if it falls in the shadow zone or highlight zone. The range is from 0 to 2500 pixels.
There is no right setting here - try moving the Tonal Width to 50% and the raise the Amount and watch what happens. If itis not enough then try a higher setting for the Tonal Width and the Amount.
When things are looking good adjust the Radius to taste ...
With this image the Tonal Width and the Amount were set to the maximum and the Radius was set at 192 Pixels.
that's much better than the original but it is still a bit bright.
This is easy to fix by changing the Layer Blend Mode from Normal to Multiply (if
you're not sure
about Blend Modes, click here ===>).
In some cases this will still not be enough so the next step is to duplicate the Rim layer as many times as needed to eliminate the hotspot. In the final image the Rim layer with the Multiply Blend Mode was duplicted twice.
With those nasty hot spots eliminated one can focus their full attention on the young lady in the picture! Now you've got two new methods to reduce shine with more to come!
Here's a second, more detailed technique to remove shine and glare from
someones glasses (caused by a flash, for
instance). In many situations the shine
completely obliterates one eye which makes cloning - well - almost
This is much more challenging than it is to remove shine from a nose or forehead and it is very satisfying when you do it well!
Take this rather challenging remove shine project, for instance ...
There are two nasty flash spots that need fixing - we will start with
the right eye.
To fix the right eye I used pixels from the left eye.
Ya, I know it sounds crazy but it works. It really doesn't matter how you get to the end image as long as you get there and in this remove shine technique it's necessary to do a wee bit of eye swapping!
Here's how to do it. The right eye is pretty much all shine at the tear duct area but the left eye is fine in the same area. What you do is make a selection of the good part of the left eye and move it to the right eye.
The patch is an improvement but not perfect so we need to clean it up.
These items need to be fixed to make the right eye shine go away.
Fixing up the patch
Below the patch
This is a straight forward Clone job to remove shine on a New Layer.
The eyelash was fixed using the same method as the original patch on another layer.
Here is the completed right eye ...
The left eye
The same basic procedures will apply to the left eye as the right eye. Here's how it looked after messing with it ...
It's much better but lacking contrast so we need to do some adjusting with
Make a rectangular selection over the part of the eye that needs fixing and then create a new Curves Adjustment Layer.
Adjust the contrast a small amount ... this is my curves adjustment.
Unfortunately, the curves adjustment was done on a small rectangular
selection and that area is brighter than the rest of the area and there are hard edges that are visible - they need to be fixed.
Result of Curves Adjustment
Curves layer with Mask
The great things is that the Curves Adjustment Layer comes with its own
so you can easily fix those annoying problems.
Set the foreground/background colors to black and white (press the D key) and make sure black is the foreground. Select a soft edge brush and set the Brush Palette to change Opacity with pressure and then paint around the visible box with varying pressure.
That's it - there are a lot of steps to successfully remove shine from glasses and your image will probably present different obstacles. The procedures outlined here are a starting point but they will work well in most cases.
There will be situations where no amount of remove shine techniques will work. Take that as a reminder to check your pictures after you take them and if the glare and hot spots are outrageous then trash the image and try again.
Remove Shine Video One
Remove Shine Video Two