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Old 29th of September 2012 (Sat)   #1
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Default How to remove lens flare in Lightroom 4?



There is a flare in the top left corner of this picture. I have no idea how to remove the flare in LR4. Is it very doable or it's impossible? I have attached a sample image and I hope someone here can teach me how to do it. Please specify the exact steps that you took and I hope to learn a thing or two from the experts of POTN.

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Default Re: How to remove lens flare in Lightroom 4?

You should be able to "nibble" that flare away by use of the clone/heal tool.

I say nibble because you're going to need to take small parts of surrounding windows to build new ones over the flare. Time consuming but certainly doable.
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You should be able to "nibble" that flare away by use of the clone/heal tool.

I say nibble because you're going to need to take small parts of surrounding windows to build new ones over the flare. Time consuming but certainly doable.
It doesn't sound easy.
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Agree: Clone (will probably work better then heal) from one window lower.
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There is a flare in the top left corner of this picture. I have no idea how to remove the flare in LR4. Is it very doable or it's impossible? I have attached a sample image and I hope someone here can teach me how to do it. Please specify the exact steps that you took and I hope to learn a thing or two from the experts of POTN.

Thanks!
I took the liberty of downloading your photo and using the heal tool in LR4 to "fix" the flare by overlaying other similar windows from the building. Heal seemed to work better then clone for me in this particular situation, but it was hard to be sure which would give the best results on such a low resolution copy of the picture. In general for this type of fix, clone would be more appropriate. It's unfortunate that LR's heal and clone are spot repairs only and don't have a brush option, which would be far more useful in this situation. I don't have PS, but Elements also has heal and clone brushes which might be easier for this kind of fix. The version of your shot which I downloaded was only 60K in size and I only spent a few minutes on it. I also didn't "nibble" but did it in one shot. If it were mine and I had a high resolution version I would have done things differently. Since I did it quick and dirty on a low resolution copy the results are far from perfect, but it gives you an idea of what can be done. I'll delete it from Flicker once you've indicated you've seen it.


550581101521408339556501 by mwsilver, on Flickr
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I don't have PS, but Elements also has heal and clone brushes which might be easier for this kind of fix.
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Since I did it quick and dirty on a low resolution copy the results are far from perfect, but it gives you an idea of what can be done.
Tip: You can click and drag the spot healing "circle" (or the "point of origin circle") after you've laid it down (or while laying it down), to get it to line up properly. For some reason, LR always automagically manages to be off by (quite) a few pixels on straight lines.
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Tip: You can click and drag the spot healing "circle" (or the "point of origin circle") after you've laid it down (or while laying it down), to get it to line up properly. For some reason, LR always automagically manages to be off by (quite) a few pixels on straight lines.
Thanks. Yeah I was aware of that. As I said it was very quick and dirty. I was just trying to demonstrate to the OP what LR could do to repair the flare in this case. Luckily there was a repeating window pattern available. Flare on other subjects might not have been repairable.
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Yeah I was aware of that.
I thought you were, but was less sure about the OP
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