If eyes are the windows to the soul, eyeglasses can be the dust on the on the screen, with their reflective surfaces obscuring arguably the most important part of a portrait — the eyes.
Everyone has their own technique for removing glare from eyeglasses — I've personally made generous use of the clone stamp tool to achieve this — and Colin Smith at PhotoshopCAFE brings us a new technique in this tutorial. By making use of the camera raw filter in Photoshop, he's able to do much of the heavy lifting using a few sliders to reduce the haze of the reflection and match the skin tone and exposure of the area surrounding the eyes.
A few quick selections, a little free transform and a layer mask or two later, and the glare is virtually eliminated. As with many techniques in Photoshop, the amount and location of glare may influence the effectiveness of this technique compared to others, but it does achieve a more realistic effect than simply cloning.
How do you remove or reduce glare from eyeglasses in a portrait? Does Smith's technique work better for you? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think of this tutorial.