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Old 02-18-2010, 10:04 PM
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fixing flash or sun spots?

a few photos I have been working on have spots with a funky sun glare shape in a few places and i'm trying to figure out a way to edit them out. I guess it would involve "painting on" new skin or something but i'm kind of stumped.. here's a link to one of the photos that i've done some retouching to (i'm still very amateur ) but i'm trying to learn more stuff. i added arrows to the key spots i'm trying to get. any help would be awesome. thanks!

the photo is about 300kb
http://holbrooksolutions.com/cs4/photo1b.jpg
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:44 PM
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Re: fixing flash or sun spots?

Hi........
from ashvn........

its not to much difficult to fix & set on the proper way...

could be done without any different, and will fill that its origional way.

and it is first level job no work to hard.

thanks......Ashvin
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:46 PM
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Re: fixing flash or sun spots?

u can use the clone tool to eliminate the sun spots.

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Old 02-18-2010, 11:03 PM
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Re: fixing flash or sun spots?

Devious00, welcome to RetouchPro. There are many ways to get rid of the lens flare. For the ones on her face, you can dodge them to darken to match the luminosity of the rest of the face, then paint over the flare with a brush set to color blend mode. You can also use the clone tool. For the spot at the bottom. I would just create a two patches, one for the skin and the other for the sand and just feather, copy, and paste.
FYI, there is a lot of blotchy color going on in the face. You should smooth that out first before trying to remove the flare.
Hope you are enjoying the Olympics in your backyard!
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:03 PM
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Re: fixing flash or sun spots?

It may depend on what was lost by the lens flares. Sometimes a simple curves adjustment layer can bring back the underlying color. Other times you may have to use multiple adjustment layers. And then, sometimes only a repair may work, i.e. clone, patch, etc. You must experiment and find out what works best.

The ones on her face I believe are recoverable using curves or something similar. The one on her belly probably not - this one may require a repair.

Also, use a lens hood and change your angle slighly to prevent it in the future.

Best of luck with it. I'm sure you'll get lots of good suggestions.
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:08 PM
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Re: fixing flash or sun spots?

thanks for the suggestions guys. i still have a lot of work to do with the rest of the photo and it was my first time taking photos like this so i'm going to keep trying stuff out with my camera

and yes.. i am enjoying the Olympics out here.. traffic is killing me though!
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:53 AM
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Re: fixing flash or sun spots?

Oh my god mistermonday, you blurred her already??
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Old 02-19-2010, 07:37 AM
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Re: fixing flash or sun spots?/ Patch Tool

Well in this case all I used was Photoshop's Patch tool which works fine as long as the problem is not near an edge.

Ha this is one of many ways to deal with the problem.
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Old 02-19-2010, 08:49 AM
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Re: fixing flash or sun spots?

Flex, yes, that certainly violates my usual philoshophy of "no blurring" retouching. However, I thought for sake of speed that I would treat the entire image as one large pore.
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