Fixing Dual Catchlights

Here are those dual catchlights again, as shown in Figure 4.13. The brightest catchlight was caused by the electronic flash used to take the picture. The secondary catchlight can be blamed on a bright window behind the photographer. It's sometimes difficult to previsualize a picture well enough to realize that double catchlights are going to result (the main catchlight doesn't appear until the flash goes off, for example), so the easiest solution is simply to remove one of the reflections in Photoshop. Again, for a simple fix like this, the Clone tool is the best choice, because the Healing Brush uses complex algorithms to perform its magic, and that sort of effort is not needed for this simple task. All we need to do is blot out the offending reflection. Follow these steps.

Figure 4.13. Dual catchlights need to be fixed.

Figure 4.13. Dual catchlights need to be fixed.

1. Press S to select the Clone Stamp tool.

2. Choose the brush size to the smallest fuzzy brush (the 5-pixel model), set Opacity to 66 percent, and make sure the Aligned box is marked.

3. Choose an origin point somewhere below the second reflection and Alt/Option click it.

4. Paint out the redundant catchlight. Because Opacity has been set to 66%, you can blend the pixels in smoothly so the cloning is not so obvious.

5. Repeat with all four kids to remove all their catchlights. Their eyes will look something like Figure 4.14.

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