Lightroom Photoshop Video – Before and After Eyeglass Reflections

Hey everyone! I’m back today with another Lightroom/Photoshop workflow video. These are always really popular and this one comes from a request a got a while ago. This time I cover removing eyeglass reflections. There’s really not much you can do to remove them in Lightroom since it doesn’t have layering or good enough cloning/healing. But with a couple of layers in Photoshop and a quick blend mode change you’ll be amazed at how easy it is. Also, as I mention in the video, I’ll be teaching some Lightroom seminars coming up this fall in Phoenix, Arlington, TX, Tampa, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia. Here’s the link in case you want to find out some more info. Thanks :)


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  1. Hi Matt,

    Great Video!
    Wouldn’t Perfect Layers accomplish this also?

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  2. Interesting use for the Difference blend mode…thanks for sharing. But this whole topic brings back nightmares of many, MANY hours spent cloning. :)

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  3. Good tip Matt.
    However, I’d add one extra step to help make the look a bit more realistic.
    At the end, drop the opacity of the corrected layer down to 85~95% to show just a hint of the reflections.

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  4. Man, I wish I would have seen this last week. I had 2 instances this weekend shooting women who had glasses. Both of them had glasses that darkened while outside, and we were shooting outside. This tip would have made life a lot easier and much less time processing in lightroom and photoshop for me. Anyways, great tip! Will use it in the future.

    Thanks. -Jason

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  5. Another good video Matt! Thx. Will be saved for later.

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  6. This is helpfull, if people come into the situation of having such a shot, but then, they most certainly wouldn’t have the other shot without glasses to fix it, would they?
    I don’t see any pro shooting portraits like that without noticing the reflection in the glasses and then they would just raise the key light and point it down more to get rid of the reflection. We are all shooting digital and can check our images immediately to sort such problems out on the spot and fix them. That’s what we get paid for. My2cents.

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  7. Well, that was simply awesome! I will definitely remember to get the with and without photos of someone if they wear glasses. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. Very cool, I will have to remember next time I take a picture of someone with glasses to get that second shot without the glasses, thanks.

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  9. I use Photoshop Elements 9 in combination with Lightroom 3. Do you know why it’s not possible to open images as layers in Elements 9? I’ve bought Perfect Layers from onOne Software though and use that for the same purpose as you show here.

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    • Kjell,

      I do not know if I have a different set up than you but I can open images in PSE 9 as layers from light room 3. I go to the file menu at the top left go down to Plug-in extras and in that list is an option that is “open as layers in photoshop elements” click on that and you selected images should open in elements as layers. I am using PSE 9 and Light room 3.4.1. I hope this helps. It does work on mine.


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