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Reducing starburst light glare

From: Photo Restoration with Photoshop

Video: Reducing starburst light glare

An unfortunate consequence of taking photographs with the flash in front of a reflective surface is glare. A professional may learn how to avoid that, but most of us aren't professional photographers. So what do you do if your photos are a victim of lens glare? Chances are you can't go back and take the photo again, but there are things you can do to lessen the appearance of the glare in your images. Begin by duplicating your original layer using Ctrl+J on a PC, Command+J on a Mac. When the light reflection has a starburst like this, the first thing you want to do is get rid of the spikes of light.

Reducing starburst light glare

An unfortunate consequence of taking photographs with the flash in front of a reflective surface is glare. A professional may learn how to avoid that, but most of us aren't professional photographers. So what do you do if your photos are a victim of lens glare? Chances are you can't go back and take the photo again, but there are things you can do to lessen the appearance of the glare in your images. Begin by duplicating your original layer using Ctrl+J on a PC, Command+J on a Mac. When the light reflection has a starburst like this, the first thing you want to do is get rid of the spikes of light.

This will make the rest of the healing process so much easier. We'll start to repair by going over to the toolbar and selecting the Spot Healing Brush tool. If you have Photoshop CS5, you have Content Aware, but we're going to click the Proximity Match, which is in CS4 and before, and just begin going over the arms of the spike. Use short strokes when you're using the Spot Healing brush or you could get a blur, a smudge. And just paint in the areas to reduce those glare spikes.

You can also use your Clone Stamp tool. Use Alt or Option to select areas to source from. This comes in especially handy when you have an area like this that has a line through it. You can get a nice clean edge. Of course I'm not being as careful as I normally would be, because of the time constraints, but just take your time and get a nice match in all areas.

You can also use your Patch tool, select an area and then pull it over to another. What we're trying to do here is make this starburst into a circle and just clean it up a little bit. If you have CS5, give the Content- Aware Spot Healing brush a try.

It's almost always going to do a good job, and you can take longer the sweeps with it than you can with your standard Spot Healing brush set to Proximity Match. The algorithms in CS5 do a good job of sourcing the surrounding area. And there again it's not perfect, but it will do for this demonstration. When you get all your spikes taken care of, you can do one of two things. You can either go to your Patch tool, and select the now circle and you can bring it up, and that does a fairly good job.

It will smudge probably a little here. You can also make a selection around the area, as close as you can, and then you use your upward arrow key, or your downward arrow key, depending on where the clean area is in your image, and just move it up until the area is fairly clean. Put it on its own layer, Ctrl+J or Command+J. Now change to your Move tool, use your arrow keys to bring that portion that you just selected down into the area you selected from, and then blend in that area using things like your Eraser tool set to a 20% Opacity just around the edges to lighten them.

You can also use a mask around this if you'd like. This is just a quick way of doing this. Select your Blur tool, soften the edges, and then lower the opacity of the selection to better blend into that area. You can take it down pretty low. It just darkens things up just a little bit. And then you can take your layers and combine them using Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E, Shift+Command+Option+E on a Mac, and then go over it again with this Patch tool, just to blend the selection in with the rest of the image, so you don't even know it was there. And that can give you a little better look.

Look at the original and your repair job. And if you are a little more careful with your repair work, you may never even know that glare was there. Starburst glare is a certain kind of damage that you need to approach in a different way by taking the arms of the glare and making it into a circle to make your whole repair job easier.

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Photo Restoration with Photoshop

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  1. 1m 33s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      13s
    3. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 16m 47s
    1. Customizing your workspace
      2m 17s
    2. Using layers
      1m 58s
    3. Assessing the damage
      1m 52s
    4. Rebuilding color channels in a grayscale image
      3m 47s
    5. Using a Black & White adjustment layer
      1m 57s
    6. Using the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, and Patch tools
      4m 56s
  3. 27m 30s
    1. Fixing a faded black-and-white photo
      2m 20s
    2. Removing small splits, specks, and spots
      3m 44s
    3. Repairing red-eye
      4m 58s
    4. Reducing paper texture
      4m 34s
    5. Reducing dot patterns in printed photos
      3m 51s
    6. Fixing lens distortion
      4m 19s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      3m 44s
  4. 24m 16s
    1. Fixing large rips, tears, and other damage
      3m 9s
    2. Removing long scratches
      3m 24s
    3. Fixing creases
      5m 8s
    4. Stitching large photos using Photomerge
      3m 17s
    5. Reassembling torn photos
      4m 56s
    6. Replacing missing pieces
      4m 22s
  5. 27m 55s
    1. Removing stains
      3m 48s
    2. Removing ink marks
      2m 34s
    3. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a black-and-white photo
      2m 14s
    4. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a color photo
      6m 1s
    5. Fixing mold damage
      5m 20s
    6. Reducing starburst light glare
      5m 11s
    7. Reducing eyeglass light glare
      2m 47s
  6. 21m 32s
    1. Understanding the basics of levels
      2m 50s
    2. Understanding the basics of curves
      3m 29s
    3. Finding the black, white, and gray points in an image
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting color levels by channel
      1m 58s
    5. Making selective contrast adjustments
      4m 48s
    6. Adjusting image shadows and highlights
      4m 59s
  7. 18m 13s
    1. Adjusting color with the Photo Filter adjustment
      2m 23s
    2. Correcting color casts using inverse color correction
      3m 2s
    3. Correcting color problems using the Color Balance adjustment
      3m 19s
    4. Correcting color casts using the Variations command
      3m 55s
    5. Correcting color by combining levels and curves
      1m 44s
    6. Improving color by adjusting the hue and saturation
      3m 50s
  8. 33m 14s
    1. Removing distracting elements
      5m 35s
    2. Repairing and recreating backgrounds
      7m 43s
    3. Extracting areas using masks
      5m 5s
    4. Matching colors in elements you add
      4m 11s
    5. Matching textures
      4m 45s
    6. Replacing facial features and missing body parts
      5m 55s
  9. 29m 59s
    1. Converting to black and white
      4m 48s
    2. Enhancing faded color
      3m 30s
    3. Smoothing a subject's skin
      4m 2s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white photos with duotone
      2m 34s
    5. Enhancing the eyes
      4m 10s
    6. Bringing out facial features with light
      5m 22s
    7. Sharpening
      5m 33s
  10. 32m 32s
    1. Assessing the damage
      1m 26s
    2. Repairing the crack
      1m 52s
    3. Replacing the missing body parts
      3m 5s
    4. Removing the specks, spots, and scratches
      3m 7s
    5. Fixing the missing corner
      1m 14s
    6. Lightening the stains
      5m 22s
    7. Restoring the faded tone in the face
      3m 8s
    8. Balancing the tone in the image
      1m 58s
    9. Evening the color with a Black & White adjustment layer
      49s
    10. Cleaning up the image
      2m 24s
    11. Adding definition to the face
      2m 20s
    12. Softening the image
      58s
    13. Sharpening the image
      2m 4s
    14. Bringing back some of the original tone
      1m 34s
    15. Comparing the image before and after
      1m 11s
  11. 24s
    1. Final thoughts
      24s

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