How to Fix Light Glare in Pictures

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Glass surfaces such as eyeglasses are the usual culprits when spot glare occurs.

Nothing is more disappointing than taking what you thought was the perfect photo, only to find out it has light glare in it. Glare, whether it's a light spot on someone's glasses or an overall light tinge that comes from shooting into the sun or another light source, ruins your image's detail and makes you look inexperienced as a photographer. It doesn't have to be that way. You can use photo-editing software to fix light glare in your pictures.

Things You'll Need

  • Scanner (optional)
  • Computer
  • Photoshop, GIMP or other software with levels control and a clone tool
  • Photo printer (optional)
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Instructions

    • 1

      Place your photo on a scanner and scan it in. Open the photo in your image-editing software. If your photo is already in digital format, such as a photo taken with a digital camera or a still from a video, transfer it to your computer using whatever method you like.

    • 2

      Open your photo-editing software's levels control dialog box. In Photoshop 7 and later, the keyboard shortcut to do this is Ctrl-L. In GIMP 2.0 or later, the "Levels" dialog box is in the "Colors" menu on the main menu toolbar.

    • 3

      Look at the levels dialog box. You will see a histogram charting the light levels in your photo. There will be black, gray and white triangles at the bottom of the histogram. If the black and white triangles are not touching the edges of the histogram, move them until they do, with the black one touching the left side of the histogram and the white one on the right side. This will adjust the contrast in your photo and remove glare tints.

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      Go to your software's toolbox and select the clone tool. Set the clone tool's source to a point right next to the lens or flash glare you want to remove. In Photoshop, do this by alt-clicking; in GIMP, use ctrl-click.

    • 5

      Paint out the lens or flash glare using the clone tool. The clone tool copies what is under its source point and moves it to the point you are working on. This is one of the easiest ways to remove small glare areas. Once you're finished, print your photo using photo paper and your printer's photo settings, or simply save the corrected image.

Tips & Warnings

  • In Photoshop, you can also use the "Healing Brush" tool to more accurately correct lens or flash glares.

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