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 (Bamboo or Intuos) 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.
Here is how to remove shine using Photoshop. (If you're a Photoshop Elements user then there is a tutorial for you right here ===>).
This is a picture of my buddy, Gilles. I took this on a hot afternoon in Phoenix and Gilles was sweating a bit on his forehead - hence the shiny bits.Here are the simple steps to remove that shine ...
These are the pictures of Gilles before and after cloning bout to remove shine.
This technique uses the Shadows/Highlights command to remove those annoying hotspots 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.
By 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 on the frame.
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 > Inverse).
Now promote your great selection to a new layer (Ctrl-J/Cmd-J) because Shadows/Highlights needs to be done on the original image and the adjustment will be done on the layer with the selection.
With the promoted layer selected select Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights to bring up the palette ...
This is the 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.
Now 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.
Here's a scond, and more detailed technique to remove glare from someones glasses (caused by a flash, for instance). In many situations the shine completely obliterates one eye which makes cloning - well - almost impossible.
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 image, 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.
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
There is still some of the original glare and shine from the original picture irght above the left side of the eye and 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 is much better but the too flat so we need to do some adjusting with Curves.
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.
A funny thing with this adjustment is that the small rectangular selection is now brighter than the rest of the area and it can be seen so this has to be fixed as well.
The great things is that the Curves Adjustment Layer comes with its own Layer Mask so you can easily fix it.
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 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.
So now that you've successfully removed the shine or hotspot from your photo, what's next?
It's highly likely that the same condition that produced the hotspot in the first place has caused some other problems with the picture. This is when you probably need to start using the other Photoshop techniques at your disposal ...
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