Removing Shine/Hot Spots

topic posted Tue, December 6, 2005 - 6:08 PM by  Xeena
What is the easiest way to get rid of shininess on skin, often caused by camera flash? But can also be caused by sweat.
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    Re: Removing Shine/Hot Spots

    Wed, December 7, 2005 - 5:45 PM
    I won't claim to have the best way, as I'm no expert and rarely shoot people, but one method that I've used and seen others use is to clone over the hot spot using another bit of flesh as the source. Set the mode to darken and reduce the opacity (sometimes greatly) as necessary to avoid the correction being too obvious.

    I would be interested in learning other methods, as well.
  • Re: Removing Shine/Hot Spots

    Fri, December 9, 2005 - 12:01 PM
    one of the awesome strengths of photoshop is you can isolate / select pieces of your image to color-correct and NOT affect the entire image. (unless you want to)

    To start: its always easier to make a back up copy layer of your image . I run into this alot with waterfall images that are super slow motion blurred, there's always a few too hot spots.

    What I do:
    make a duplicate copy of my layer;
    color correct the new-top layer usually reducing brightness/levels etc. Of course, than the rest of the image, which WAS perfectly exposed is now too dark. so Than, After making another copy of this layer (backup - turn it off unless you need it later)I take an eraser tool, and generally blend away all the parts which are now too dark, letting the good exposure level layer shine through (from your original untouched layer - below it) , than the one piece which has been reduced is still there, sitting on top of the good exposure. (You may want to use a feathery - soft eraser brush to blend it so its not noticible where the top corrected layer stars and the bottom one begins) and its a whole lot more like painting, as I use a wacom tablet stylus to do this. )

    Of course, there is always the clone tool, but, sometimes the section just needs to be isloated and corrected/ adjusted rather than cloned.
  • Re: Removing Shine/Hot Spots

    Tue, December 20, 2005 - 9:43 AM
    I use the dropper tool to sample the skin color close to the highlight, then paint over the hilight with the brush tool, set to "darken" and with the Opacity set very low (usually about 5-8%)
    • Re: Removing Shine/Hot Spots

      Tue, December 20, 2005 - 3:29 PM
      Another tecqnique which gives a super model style to the image is to duplicate the bg and then apply screen to the layer . Then do a layer adjustment and raise your highlights and dark points making the image more contrasty and blowing out other skin tones which sometimes are more work than they need to be as often it is the highlights such as the eyes chin nose and lips which make the shot . Just one of the kazillion ways you can do it . check out for more tutorials and help as well as check out NAPP's website at they are also a great wealth of information .
      • Re: Removing Shine/Hot Spots

        Tue, December 20, 2005 - 3:30 PM
        this is the best technique yet! good one -- thanks!
        • Re: Removing Shine/Hot Spots

          Thu, December 22, 2005 - 1:38 PM
          thanks Ray I am trying to help as much as you do !! Your prepress tips kick butt so I figure I can kick back some of my fashion tips !! I just finished another huge upgrade to the noggin by doing 15-20 hours of PS upgrade tutorials and the like ! I love getting smarter and working faster ! I picked up some new colour balancing tecqniques that are sooooo good and bang on that I may stop using a colour card for art repro work ! I was soooo amazed that it was soo quick and it just requires a few samples and an adjustment layer or 2 for checking your mids highs and lows !!

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