Reduce the Skin Shine With Perfectly Clear Complete

portrait of woman before and after perfectly clear

This is a guest post from professional photographer Bryan Esler.

If you’re shooting portraits with on- or off-camera lighting, you’re bound to get some photographs where the subject’s face is just too bright. Luckily, this can be easily solved with Perfectly Clear.

There are a few things you can do in the program. Upon opening a photo, Perfectly Clear analyzes your photograph and applies some adjustments to it. This usually does a great job in terms of fixing things like exposure, color, tint and more.

From there, I always turn on Light Diffusion. This does two things. One, it helps reduce the shine on the subject’s face. Secondly, it evens out the lighting throughout the scene, making for a more appealing photograph.

From there, I go down to Perfectly Clear’s Skin panel. Here, you’ll see a slider for Shine Removal. Turn this on and slide it to the right. You’ll immediately see a difference in your photograph. What’s great about Perfectly Clear is it’s only affecting the subject’s skin, as it automatically recognizes faces (Note: if your subject’s face isn’t recognized, expand the Face Selection panel and click on Manually Add Face).

I usually don’t slide the Shine Removal slider all the way to 100, but depending on the photograph I go as high as 80 with my subject’s face still looking realistic and not over processed.

You can clearly see the difference that just a few clicks made to not only my subject’s face, but to the photograph. It has more depth, better color and most importantly, that shine is gone. Here’s a quick before and after:

Before Shine Removal
After Shine Removal

Click fixes

Perfectly Clear Complete is really a “Click” fix solution. I used a few clicks in Perfectly Clear Complete’s Lightroom plug-in and saved a lot of time I’d normally have to spend retouching in Photoshop. In this case, I finished the image for delivery to my client in no time at all.


Get Perfectly Clear Today

Are you ready to try Perfectly Clear? You can try it today— for free! Perfectly Clear works with just the click of a button to save you time editing. From there, you can tweak your photos and add your personal spin. It works for portrait retouching, too! Get Perfectly Clear today; beautiful photos await.