Video Thumbnail: Magically Remove Glare from Glasses in Photoshop!

How to “magically” remove glare from glasses in Adobe Photoshop, with PiXimperfect

April 8, 2024

Maybe you’ve been using Adobe Photoshop for a while, or maybe you’re just getting started. There are many ways to do every type of edit in the software, as well as all kinds of tips, tricks, and hacks to do things more simply and easily. 

Unmesh Dinda, the creator behind PiXimperfect, is known for tutorials featuring some of the most dramatic and striking transformations possible with Adobe Photoshop — such as previous tutorials we’ve featured on this blog including Turning Day into NightCutting Out Hair From A Busy Background, and Making it Snow in Summer.

While eyeglasses help people see the world better, they also make it harder for the world to see one of the most important features of a subject — their eyes. In the below video and tutorial, Dinda shows you how to “magically” remove the glare from glasses in photos in Adobe Photoshop. Watch the video or read on to see how he does it.

The absolute best way to fix glare is through using two photographs of the subject in the same position, with and without glasses, and overlaying them in Adobe Photoshop. But if the only image you have has some detail around the eyes, we can make it work. Otherwise, removing glare from glasses in Photoshop is impossible when the eyes are entirely obscured.

For the past three years, I’ve relied on the Wacom Intuos Pro medium, which has accompanied me on numerous journeys worldwide. We’re gonna be doing a lot of dodging and burning, and the kind of precision and speed that we need for this is gonna be very hard to achieve with a mouse. Using Wacom’s drawing tablet for employing techniques used in this tutorial makes it an invaluable tool.

First we should desaturate the image, so its color doesn’t distract us from matching the brightness. Create a Solid Color adjustment layer, select a color with zero saturation, and set the blend mode to Color.

LensGlare 02

Next, let’s correct the brightness using curves. Create a curves adjustment layer, adjust the middle node downwards until bright areas appear natural, then invert (Ctrl/Cmd+I) the mask selection. Before the mask was white, and now all of it is black – this means changes will only show up on areas we paint white. Use a soft round brush with low flow to paint white on areas requiring adjustment.

Start painting. If you have practice and a tablet, this process will be faster than you think. Don’t worry about the glare edges, our focus right now is to use a basic burn to match the brightness. 

LensGlare 03

For further refinement, create additional dodging and burning layers to enhance results. Use an empty layer with Soft Light blend mode and adjust brush flow between 1-2 percent for precision.

Next we must match the glare color to the surrounding image. If you disable the desaturation, you’ll see the colors don’t match at all. Easily fix this by creating a new layer, choosing a brush with 5-10 percent flow, and setting blend mode to Color. Use the eyedropper tool to sample nearby colors and paint over mismatched areas.

LensGlare 04

Darken the eyes using another curves adjustment layer, focusing on eye areas and painting with white on the inverted mask. Now, the last thing we need to fix are glare edges. Create a new layer and use tools like the Healing Brush or Spot Healing Brush to fix imperfections. 

Keep in mind the Stamp tool doesn’t work on an empty layer, so we’ll have to create a visible layer for it. Ensure alignment of spectacle edges by sampling adjacent areas and painting carefully. For other areas, create another dodge and burn layer with a soft light blend mode.

LensGlare 05

To avoid overcorrection, maintain natural features by adjusting layers as needed. If desired, retain a hint of glare by grouping adjustment layers and reducing opacity.

To recap: First, match brightness using curve and dodge/burn layers. Second, correct colors with a Color blend mode layer to sample from surrounding areas and paint to match. Third, clean the edges with tools like Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, and Spot Healing Brush. Continuously adjust layers to maintain natural appearance throughout the editing process.

And that’s it! Let’s take a look at the before and after:

LensGlare 01

Unmesh Dinda from PiXimperfect

About PiXimperfect

PiXimperfect is one of the premier free online resources for learning Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. With over five million subscribers on YouTube, it’s clear that his high quality tutorials are some of the best.

Related posts:

July 25, 2024: How to design interesting shapes and objects with Kirk Wallace

July 25, 2024: How to design interesting shapes and objects with Kirk Wallace

How to create custom Instagram highlight icons, with Joli Noelle David

How to create custom Instagram highlight icons, with Joli Noelle David

July 23, 2024: How to create suspenseful manga pages with Gigi Murakami

July 23, 2024: How to create suspenseful manga pages with Gigi Murakami

July 18, 2024: How to craft compelling character designs with Jocelyn Short

July 18, 2024: How to craft compelling character designs with Jocelyn Short

Connect with Wacom on social media

#TBT to when @doughism took us #backtoschool 🍎✏️🗒️
#wacom #madewithwacom #wacombacktoschool #digitalpainting #characterdesign
112 1
Let's break down the character design process with @_jocelynshort tomorrow during Wacom Creativity Camp! Jocelyn is a fantasy, sci-fi and horror genre artist working in comics, video games and films. It's gonna be a fun-filled session, so don't miss it! Sign up for camp through the link in the bio ☝️
#wacomcreativitycamp #wacomedu #wacomforeducation #digitalart #characterdesign #madewithwacom
76 0
We were so excited to talk with Tomotaka Shibayama, director of the anime film My Oni Girl, currently available on Netflix 🎬💫

Join us while we chat with Tomotaka Shibayama about the display he used during the production, Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 ✍️

#MyOniGirl #CintiqPro16
94 0
We hope you channel the power and energy in this beautiful @wenjun.lin creation ☁️🌬️⁣
#madewithwacom #Digital2D #Illustration #Anime #Manga #CharacterDesign⁣
583 2
@dokomi_expo was a BLAST ❤️ We are already missing the inspiring vibes from our Otaku community 💫

We really enjoyed meeting you and sharing thoughts at the event 😎

Now, here’s a question for the comments section: With what MANGA character will you swap jobs? 👇

#WacomAtDokomi #Domoki2024
168 2
Wacom Adventures with @lplucas 🥸☁️☁️☁️☁️⁣
Here are 3 ways to draw clouds as a pro artist in #ClipStudioPaint⁣
@clipstudioofficial @graphixly✌️⁣
#MadeWithWacom #DrawingTips #DigitalArt #illustration #artistsoninstagram #digitaldrawing #cloudart #WacomCreativityCamp
104119 185
Let's go "camping" with @lukeymcgarry this week at Wacom Creativity Camp! During this virtual campfire of sorts, Luke will walk us through his creative process, share art tips, talk about his favorite tools and shortcuts to make his comics, and tell us all about how to stay creative while also avoiding the sun this season. ☀️☀️☀️☀️
Join us July 11 at 4:30 PST. 
Sign up for camp through the link in bio ☝️
#wacomcreativitycamp #wacomedu #wacomforeducation #digitalart #freewebinar #madewithwacom
97 0
Learn to draw a manga page from scratch with @whytmanga during Wacom Creativity Camp on July 9th. Odunze will  show how to go from idea to execution, covering all necessary steps and a few special personal tips to save time and level up your game on Clip Studio Paint. 
Sign up for camp via the link in bio ☝️
#wacomcreativitycamp #wacomedu #wacomforeducation #digitalart #freewebinar #manga #madewithwacom
174 0
Artists when no one is watching. 🙈🥸⁣
Thank you @lplucas, for making us all feel seen. ⁣
#artistsofinstagram #artistlife
8886 141
This error message is only visible to WordPress admins
Error: Connected account for the user wacom does not have permission to use this feed type.
Error: There is no connected account for the user 17841445048021802.