How to Remove a Glare From Glass in Photoshop

By Contributing Writer

Photoshop is a photo editing software program that allows you to manipulate images using your computer. A common need for image manipulation is glare in a photo. Even with carefully planned lighting, reflective surfaces can cause a problem. Glass can especially be problematic because of how common it is. If someone in your photo is wearing glasses, chances are pretty good there will be a glare. There are ways of removing the glare, however.

Things You'll Need

  • Photoshop

Step 1

Open the image in Photoshop and create a new blank layer on top of the image. In the "Tools" menu, select the Healing Brush tool. In the options bar up top, change the settings to "Sample All Layers."

Step 2

Hold down the "Alt" key on your keyboard and use your Healing Brush tool to sample the area around the glare by clicking on it. Make sure the blank layer is the layer that is selected so that changes occur there, and not on the original image. When you sample, sample a portion that does not have glare.

Step 3

Using your Healing Brush, proceed to paint the area with glare, using small strokes for precision. You can let go of the "Alt" key during this. Use the magnifying glass to zoom in if it helps you to see what you are doing.

Step 4

Switch to the Clone Stamp tool and hold down the "Alt" key. Using the same technique, sample an area without glare and paint the area where there was glare. This helps smooth out the image.

Step 5

Repeat the painting steps until all of the glare is gone. Return your image's zoom to normal view and double-check you got it all. You can use the blur and smudge tools to smooth out the line between where the original image ends and the manipulation begins if it is visible. It should be difficult to notice without using these tools, but some people like the added effect.

Step 6

Select the top layer and hold the "Shift" key. Click the bottom layer to select it as well. Right-click one of the layers and find the option that says "Merge Layers." Click this to combine the original image and your new paint job.

Tips & Warnings

  • Save your work often and go slowly.
  • Change brush sizes to get into smaller areas without going outside the lines.