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Creating Window Glare in PS
Old 01-06-2005, 09:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,

I have a few shots that have the model at a window but the outside is still visible through the window. What is the best way to simulate window glare?

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Re: Creating Window Glare in PS
Old 01-06-2005, 11:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm going to go out on a limb and say duplicating that effect in PS is going to be more of a pain than setting up the shot again on a brighter day.

However, you could try a bunch of diffuse glow then use the history brush to erase the glow off the model. It might look OK, but probably not the same.

In my own experience my life has been much easier since I stopped trying to "save" photos with PS and started working harder to get the effect I wanted in camera. PS is a great tool to enhance photos, but if the shot is too far from what you want, throw it away and try again.

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Re: Creating Window Glare in PS
Old 01-06-2005, 12:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Larry,

Thanks, I do agree with your approach but sometimes there are those photos that you just 'like' or mean more to you and won't get the chance to reshoot for whatever reason.

I'll give your suggestions a go - thanks!

Your comments do make me wonder how many people take a photo almost on the camera's 'Auto' mode and then do all the 'photographic' work that would otherwise involve a lot of pure photography skills within PS??

I know that based on my photographic abilities I tend to shoot knowing that "that's not quite right but I can adjust that in PS...." but having said that at the same time it bugs me that I'm not good enough to fix it at the time of shooting! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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Re: Creating Window Glare in PS
Old 01-06-2005, 02:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What I suggest is masking the areas that you want to keep glare free, invert that mask, then copy and past onto a new layer. Set the new layers mode to screen. You can play around with the screened layers oppacity till it looks right for you. Alternatively if the effect is still not enough then duplicate the screen layer as many times as you need to, to get to the amount of glare you want. You also might want to consider doing a gaussian blur on the screened layer which will add to the glare effect...I'd say around 3 to 5 7 pixels depending on how big the picture is. By the way you could also try not masking the pic and just duplicating it, set its mode to screen and do a gaussian blur and playing aound with the opacity of the layer...a similar effect to using a soft-focus lens or pro-mist filter can be achieved. It works best on images that have quite a high contrast but you gonna have to try it yourself and see if works for you. Duplicating and screening a layer can also help to breath some life into areas that are too dark...but use with caution as it can blow out your higlights. If that is the case then I suggest using a layer mask and painting in it with various shades of grey.

Hope this helps...if not PM message me and I'll help you out.
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Re: Creating Window Glare in PS
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Your comments do make me wonder how many people take a photo almost on the camera's 'Auto' mode and then do all the 'photographic' work that would otherwise involve a lot of pure photography skills within PS??

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None of the really good shooters, I'll bet. I rarely do anything in PS except for cosmetic clean-up, levels, and cropping.

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Re: Creating Window Glare in PS
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it's very simple, really. what you're essentially trying to do is blow out the window (and whatever is outside) behind the model by intentionally overexposing it. anytime you are shooting a backlit situation, and meter for the subject, the background is automatically going to be overexposed. the degree of overexposure depends on your exposure settings with either the aperture or shutter speed, or a combination of both.

while it is easier to do it if you have direct sunlight streaming into the window onto the model, it is also possible to accomplish this even if it is cloudy outside, or if the window doesn't receive direct sunlight. as long as the outside of the window is brighter than the inside, it is possible. and if you're shooting digital, it's that much easier.


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Re: Creating Window Glare in PS
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is there a liberal application of diffusion glow (or a similar plug-in) applied to this image?
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yes...sort of, jimmy. the diffuse glow is only applied to the model via mask. the background is not altered.
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