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Glare on the Face

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Glare can be darkened easily.

Be sure to check off as you go along.

Preparation

1) Preserve your original file.

If you haven't already done so, go to Preserve Your Original File.

2) Create a Background copy layer.

If you haven't already done so, go to Create a Background Copy Layer.

There are two methods.

Method #1 - Clone Stamp Tool

You can use the Clone Stamp tool.

In options bar/Tool Options:

• Change the Mode from Normal to Darken.

• Change the Opacity to 25%, or thereabouts.

• Deselect Aligned.

Method #2 - Paint

1) Make sure the Background copy layer is active (highlighted).

2) Create a Threshold adjustment layer.

The Threshold window will open.

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The many brightness levels of the photograph are divided into two shades, black and white.

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3) Move the white slider in the middle of the Threshold window to the right until only the highlights are selected.

Here, the slider was moved from 128 to 220.

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4) Select the Magic Wand tool.

Make sure Opacity is at 100%, and Anti-alias, Contiguous, and Sample All layers, are deselected, all in options bar/Tool Options.

The tolerance can be set just about anywhere, as the image is high contrast (black or white).

Click the white area where the glare is located.

Here the white area on her cheek was clicked on.

5) Delete the Threshold adjustment layer.

Click, hold, and drag it onto the trash can icon.

The selection made with the help of the discarded Threshold layer remains.

You can feather the selection slightly.

Go to Select > Feather.

6) Use the the Selection Brush tool as a "mop."

Remove the areas from the selection that don't need to be darkened, such as the eyes and teeth.

If you haven't already done so, go to Selection Brush Mop.

7) Select the Color Picker tool.

In options bar/Tool Options, set the sample size to Average (5 x 5).

8) Position the Color Picker tool cursor on an area with a lighter shade of skin tone, and click.

The foreground color will change to the color you selected.

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9) Make sure the Background copy layer is active (highlighted).

10) Create a blank layer.

A blank layer is created above the Background copy layer.

v11) Rename the layer as Glare fix.

12) Select the Paint Bucket tool.

Make sure Opacity is at 100%, and Anti-alias, Contiguous, and Sample All Layers, are deselected, all in options bar/Tool Options.

Use a tolerance that fills the entire selection with the skin tone.

75 was used here.

13) Click inside the selection.

The skin tone is deposited on the Glare fix layer.

14) Reduce the opacity of the Glare fix layer greatly.

You still want a highlight, but not a glaring one.

The Opacity box is at the top of the layers stack, to the right of the Blending Mode box.

It probably has 100% inside.

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25% was used here.

15) Compare by deselecting the eye icon of the Glare fix layer.

16) Press d to restore foreground and background colors to their defaults, black and white.

If you haven't already, go to Foreground & Background Colors.

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Original

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Glare Retouched

Saving the Photograph

If you haven't already done so, go to Saving Files.