How to Remove Shiny Spots from Photos with Adobe Photoshop CS4

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How to Remove Shiny Spots from Photos with Adobe Photoshop CS4
Touch up shiny spots on skin and other objects. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Shiny spots occur on various reflective surfaces, including oily skin, glass and metal. Highlights add depth to a photo, but when they are excessively bright and detract from the subject, it's best to eliminate them. With Photoshop, you can completely remove bright spots or fade them into the image so they don't detract from the image. Use the "Healing Brush" and "Clone Stamp" tools to remove problem spots and blend them with the rest of the image. Work on a separate layer so that you can edit repeatedly, without altering the original photo.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch Photoshop CS4 and open your file. Click the "New Layer" button at the bottom of the "Layers" panel.

  2. 2

    Select the "Healing Brush" tool from the "Tools" panel that has the icon resembling a bandage. You may need to click on the "Spot Healing Brush" tool to reveal it.

  3. 3

    Go to the "Options" bar, then set the "Sample" option to "All Layers." Select a soft-edged brush and pick a brush size roughly equal to the size of the shiny spot.

  4. 4

    Move the mouse cursor to an area near the shiny spot that you want to remove. Press the "Alt" key, then click to specify a source area for the "Healing Brush."

  5. 5

    Click and drag with the "Healing Brush" over the shiny area. Release the mouse to blend the area with the rest of the image.

  6. 6

    Paint with the "Healing Brush" until you remove each shiny spot from the image. Press "Alt" and click as often as needed to create a new source.

  7. 7

    Select the "Clone Stamp" tool, then select "All Layers" in the "Options" bar. Press "Alt" and click to make a source point. Use this tool to retouch any areas that the "Healing Brush" did not correct.

  8. 8

    Click on the layer's "Opacity" and move the slider to the left to fade the layer. This reveals some of the highlights from the original image.

Tips and warnings

  • Delete the layer with the corrections and start over if you are dissatisfied with the results.

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