How to Remove Glare on Glasses Using Photoshop

Millions of people wear glasses, and that can be a real difficulty for portrait photographers, as they tend to pick up a fair amount of glare that can distract from or entirely obscure the most important part of a portrait, the eyes. Removing such glare can be a bit tricky both on set or in post, but this excellent video tutorial will show you the technique a Photoshop pro uses to get rid of it and restore the subject's eyes. 

Coming to you from Aaron Nace with Phlearn, this great video tutorial will show you how to remove glare from glasses in Photoshop. Some photographers will tell you to just have the subject remove their glasses, but I was never a fan of this. For many people who wear them, glasses are a fundamental part of their appearance that they consider a natural extension of themselves, much like a piercing or a tattoo, and they may feel significantly misrepresented without them. It is worth taking the time to learn how to work around the glare to help your clients appear as they see themselves, rather than what is most convenient for us behind the camera. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Nace. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Just when I think I know Photoshop pretty well I see videos like this and I realize how little I know.

It's a wonderful tutorial, but one thing, if he set the levels adjustment layer to luminosity it won't effect the colours. But he had another good solution.