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Removing Hot Spots

If you’ve ever had to deal with hot spots (shiny areas on your subject’s face caused by uneven lighting, or the flash reflecting off shiny surfaces, making your subject look as if they’re sweating), you know they can be pretty tough to correct. That is, unless you know this trick.

Step One

Open the photo that has hot spots that need to be toned down. Press the Z key to switch to the Zoom tool and zoom in if needed. Select the Clone Stamp tool in the Toolbox (or press the S key). Go to the Options Bar and change the Mode pop-up menu from Normal to Darken and lower the Opacity to 50%. By changing the Mode to Darken, we’ll only affect pixels that are lighter than the area we’re sampling, and those lighter pixels are the hot spots.


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