A photo of a person with glare on their glasses.


How to remove glare from glasses in Adobe Photoshop.

Take your photo to the next level by removing distracting glare.

What is glasses glare?

Glasses glare happens when light reflects off the lenses of someone’s glasses in a photograph. Whether you took your picture with a flash or it was just a sunny photoshoot, glasses glare can be an unwanted and distracting addition to your picture. Fortunately, you have several options to get rid of glasses glare without compromising your original image. Read on to see what photo editing tools can help you get rid of glasses glare for good.

An image showing glasses glare being removed using the Lasso tool.

Lasso the light away.

Use the Lasso tool to make a freehand selection of the glare, then create an adjustment layer to tone down its brightness and contrast.

A before-and-after picture showing glasses glare being edited out using the Clone Stamp tool.

Send in the Clone Stamp.

With the Clone Stamp tool, you can take pixels from one part of your image and paint them over another part. It’s a quick way to cover up some glare.

An image showing glasses glare being removed using the Brush tool.

Give glare the brush off.

Working with an especially tricky patch of glare? Use the Brush tool to make precise adjustments to a particular area.

An example of glasses glare being reduced using the Camera Raw Filter option.

Fix your filter.

If your image is affected by a bright, hazy glare, the Camera Raw Filter option will adjust the contrast and brightness of your image to match the glare and make it less visible.

How to remove glasses glare using adjustment layers.

See how you can tweak your image settings until glare fades away.

1. Select it:

Use the Lasso or another selection tool to select the glare on the glasses. Then access the Layers panel and create an Adjustment Layer.

2. Adjust it:

Right-click on the new layer and select Levels. There you can adjust the sliders for brightness and darkness to make the glare less noticeable.

3. Mask it:

Click on the mask to open the Mask section, where you can increase the Feather slider to blur the edges of your selection and help them blend with the adjacent pixels.

4. Duplicate it:

Once you’ve corrected the glare in one lens, select the entire lens and press Ctrl+J (Command+J on Mac) to duplicate the selected pixels.

5. Transform it:

Press Ctrl+T (Command+T on Mac) to horizontally transform the copied selection, inverting it so your subject’s eye faces the other direction.

6. Place it:

Move the glare-free glasses lens that you copied over the existing lens in the image. You may want to lower the Opacity setting on the Layers panel to be sure you overlay the copied lens perfectly over the original.

How to remove glare using the Clone Stamp tool.

Sometimes you’ll encounter a particularly bright patch of glare that requires some finesse and fine-tuning to remove. The Clone Stamp can be the perfect tool for that job. 

1. Find it:

Select the Clone Stamp tool, zoom in close on the glare you want to remove, and identify a glare-free area near it that you can replicate. 

2. Clone it:

Press and hold the Alt key (Option key on Mac) and click on the glare-free area you’d like to clone. When you release the Alt or Option key, you’ll see the pixels you clicked on inside the circle of the Clone Stamp cursor. 

3. Stamp it:

Paint these non-glare pixels over the glare, cloning new selections as needed to help your edits blend.

How to remove haze using the Camera Raw filter.

If reflected light is giving your picture a hazy shine, you can use the Camera Raw Filter to clear up the image. From the top of the window, select Filter › Camera RAW Filter. Use the Brush tool to select the haze you want to remove. In the Effects panel, move the Dehaze slider to the right until the selection’s light levels match the rest of your image.

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