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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Reduce Glare in a Photograph

DT glare 6.3.14

It’s a fact of nature: Light reflects off shiny surfaces. But that glare often distracts from the subject of your photographs, especially when they contain text or other small details, like the subject of this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques—the board game Landslide. (Race to become the next President of the United States in the Parker Brothers “Game of Power Politics.”)

Deke has two different fixes for glare, and they both involve Adobe Photoshop.

The quick and easy method involves a little burning (as in burning and dodging) and a generous application of the Overlay blend mode. The other fix, for more stubborn glare, is based on a more sophisticated selection with the Color Range command and Polygonal Lasso tool, which is filled, blended, and smoothed until it matches the unaffected areas of the image. Watch this week’s free video to see how to reduce glare using both methods.

Game for more? lynda.com library members can find out how to fix individual spaces on the Landslide board that still have glare in the two follow-up movies on the Deke’s Techniques course page. Then come back Tuesday for another technique—free to members and non-members alike—and learn how to merge two Camera Raw exposures to create more dramatic photographs.

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