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Old 02-24-2011, 08:44 PM
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removing unwanted reflection

Hi there,

I have this reflection of the photographic assistant (see image attached) and I am struggling to remove it successfully because there is lots of tonal variation. I always struggle to remove things successfully when faced with this type of problem and would like to finally know what kind of strategy I should be using.

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Old 02-24-2011, 08:55 PM
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Re: removing unwanted reflection

Thomass, it does not appear that there is anything special behind the glass that you would need to retain. So why not just blurr the entire window sufficiently to eliminate those details but still retain some highlights from the lights. Or just blur it completely.
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:53 AM
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Re: removing unwanted reflection

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Thomass, it does not appear that there is anything special behind the glass that you would need to retain. So why not just blurr the entire window sufficiently to eliminate those details but still retain some highlights from the lights. Or just blur it completely.
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+1 and don't forget to put some noise after the blur
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:58 AM
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Re: removing unwanted reflection

I started out with the healing brush tool in photoshop and then painted some of the bright reflections on the frame.
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:51 PM
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Re: removing unwanted reflection

I used the gradient tool and put a radial gradient in the screen and lowered the opacity of that layer to 80% and used content aware fill to take out the obvious objects that were showing through.
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:28 PM
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Re: removing unwanted reflection

If it is important to maintain the the transparency of the glass try the following.
Cut out a portion of the image from the left edge of the window to the left shoulder of the man. Scale this layer in the horizontal axis until half the man is covered. Make a new cut out of the area from the middle of the man to the right edge frame. Again, stretch horizontally to cover the man. The two layers should now overlap the man. Use airbrush restore to remove the man from both left and right layers. Restore as much of the original as possible to retain the integrity of the shot and if necessary cut and paste a little of the vertical pillar behind the man over the 'join' between the layers. I would do it but I'm not on a 'pooter with PS at the moment.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:11 PM
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Re: removing unwanted reflection

I did the same method as I previously described, but I let the original image bleed through the new layer a lot more and I removed the image of the man.
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:55 PM
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Re: removing unwanted reflection

Sometimes it is just a matter of knowing what "was" there and taking out what you want and replacing it with should be there. This is just a couple of quick cut masks and painting and cloning.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:03 PM
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Re: removing unwanted reflection

Just turn off the lights.

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Old 02-27-2011, 06:01 AM
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Re: removing unwanted reflection

Wow! Thankyou all for your suggestions which are all very helpful. I will play with a few of these suggestions and then post my results. Thanks all!
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