Getting rid of camera flash/reflection/glare using PS/Gimp? (not redeye)

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by gaikokujinkyofusho, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. I have a few pretty good pictures i took with one big problem, they
    have flash reflections (glare?), that is the washed out white spot due
    to taking a picture of a reflective surface with a flash (it was a
    take-it-before-it-passes kinda thing and i forgot about the flash).

    Is there a way to get rid of or reduce the flash whiteness from the
    picture using Photoshop (CS) or Gimp?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    gaikokujinkyofusho, Feb 8, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    Do you have an example or 2 you could share with us, Gaiko. Depending on
    what the glare is appearing on would determine the method of reducing
    and/or removing it. Glare on a face, for example, could be removed by
    careful cloning from good areas of skin using a high transparency for
    the clone tool. Or filling the area with a high transparency and then
    adding a little "noise". The list goes on and on, depending on the
    subject which method you might use.
    If you can supply an image, I am happy to correct it to the best of my
    ability and then tell you step by step how I went about it.

    Brian, Feb 8, 2005
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    Joal Heagney Guest

    If it's a reflection off a metallic/plastic surface, one thing you can
    do is the following:

    1. Select by colour the glare area.
    2. Feather selection.
    3. Use Curves to reduce the intensity of the spots.

    Joal Heagney, Feb 27, 2005
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    ZONED! Guest

    If the spots are truly "washed out" meaning no info exept the purest
    white... that will not help.
    ZONED!, Feb 27, 2005
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    Clyde Guest

    I use the Patch Tool. Well, most of the time.

    Clyde, Feb 27, 2005
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    Joal Heagney Guest

    Not necessarily. If the spots are small enough, by using curves they
    tend to stand out less in the overall image. I used it once on a beach
    scene (Damn me if I didn't wipe the images off my hard-drive though.) to
    deemphasis the litter on the sand. Also, that's where the feather
    selection comes in - by blurring into the rest of the image, you regain
    pseudo-information. *grins*

    Joal Heagney, Feb 27, 2005
  7. You forget to mention one thing. When used in the normal way, Curves
    does not lower the value of pure white. You need to drag the upper right
    top of the curve downwards, something many people wouldn't realize. You
    can also use Levels and drag the LOWEST right slider (the one underneath
    that gradient) to the left. It still won't be very pretty though, all
    you do is make white a little bit grey.
    Johan W. Elzenga, Feb 27, 2005
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    jjs Guest

    Clone tool is the way to go if you want to avoid boundary conditions. Charge
    extra for this stuff while you can; the photography talent out there is
    getting worse every day and pretty soon some bright person will come up with
    a tragic, half-assed "bloom eliminator" or something like that that the
    market will think is just wonderfull. It won't be, but they will be happy.
    jjs, Feb 27, 2005
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    ZONED! Guest

    It looks like crap to me *s*
    ZONED!, Feb 27, 2005
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    Joal Heagney Guest

    Oh well. As they say Your Mileage May Vary.

    Joal Heagney, Feb 28, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    Well, I made an offer to Gaiko right at the start of this thread, that
    if he/she sent me a pic as an example, I would fix it up and explain how
    I went about it. I guess some people don't really want help at all.

    Brian, Feb 28, 2005
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    embee Guest

    As others have pointed out, you'll struggle to get an acceptable result if
    the areas are completely blown. But one method I find useful if there is at
    least SOME detail is to create a new layer and use the Clone (or sometimes
    Healing) brush set in DARKEN mode. You can then adjust the opacity of the
    layer until you get something you are happy(ish) with.
    embee, Feb 28, 2005
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    Aug 2, 2010
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    Hi, This thread is 5 years old and I do hope some your guys are still there! I have s similar problem. How do I get of or reduce flash reflections. Thanks in advance

    prakash, Aug 2, 2010
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