tutorial: getting rid of lens flare

AndyAndy BicameralNew YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
edited June 1, 2004 in Finishing School
i've put together this explanation of how i get rid of annoying lens flare.

here's the original file...with the lens flare
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use your selection method of choice, and simply pick the opposite area of the lens flare (yes, i realize this method won't work on 100% of images, but for sunsets / sunrises ...which exhibit lens flare a lot...this method works great).

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copy (ctrl-j) that selection to a new layer and then choose edit>transform>flip horizontal and the image flips over...

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use the move tool (upper right in your toolbox, it's an arrow) and move the selection into position

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it's not *exactly* fitting so choose edit>transform>distort and gently distort the selection so that it matches up perfectly

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now for the blending in part. click on the eraser in your toolbox, then put the opacity for this at about 50%. size it so it's big enough to cover the edge of the selection and then some... the idea here is we are going to successively erase the edge of the selection until it blends in nicely. erase a lot at the very edge and then less as you move inwards. i just do it with multiple passes of the eraser, but you can start at high opacity and the lower it as you move inward. if you erase too much, just go backwards with your history pallete. you can see how you are doing by clicking on and off the eyeball for the background layer.

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ok were done with a nice blend now, so flatten and then let's have a look:
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uh oh - some minor cloning is needed to finish it off... use a soft edged clone brush, at 40-50% opacity and spot clean (you can see the area where i did it, i put the hand icon on it)...

and now we are done. you can at this point go about your other post work, colors adjustment, levels, curves etc.

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that's it!

enjoy (getting the most in post) photography,

Comments

  • DoctorItDoctorIt vrooom! Posts: 11,940Administrators moderator
    edited May 25, 2004
    you're such a good cheater :D
    Erik
    moderator of: The Flea Market [ guidelines ]

  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 25, 2004
    er-hem ...
    "cheating" is such an ugly word mwink.gif

    i do enjoy though, getting the most in post

    hhehehehehehehehee

    thanks for looking and stopping
  • DoctorItDoctorIt vrooom! Posts: 11,940Administrators moderator
    edited May 26, 2004
    and you can rhyme too!

    That was really a good tip though. I would have just tried to clone the whole thing out. Probably would be not as good and more frustrating too.
    Erik
    moderator of: The Flea Market [ guidelines ]

  • SavannahManSavannahMan Major grins Posts: 142Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 26, 2004
    This is awesome. I have about 500 pictures to fix now. :D
    Any help with this one?:
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  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 26, 2004
    This is awesome. I have about 500 pictures to fix now. :D
    Any help with this one?:
    QUOTE]

    yeh, maybe, before you added some more flare ! heheheh cool shot
  • SavannahManSavannahMan Major grins Posts: 142Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 1, 2004
    Andy wrote:
    This is awesome. I have about 500 pictures to fix now. :D
    Any help with this one?:
    QUOTE]

    yeh, maybe, before you added some more flare ! heheheh cool shot
    I am shamed for trying to fool you sensei... I will now fall upon my own lens....
    EERRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh:hang
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 50,151Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 1, 2004
    I am shamed for trying to fool you sensei... I will now fall upon my own lens....
    EERRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh:hang

    heheh no shame 1drink.gif keep trying!
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