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    Default how to get rid of flash hotspots?

    ok, i know how to use bounce flash etc, but i sometimes have no choice but to take pictures using the in-built flash (e.g. never bring slr/flash, so using someone's point and shoot).

    and of course i end up with a hot spot/reflection on the subject's nose and forehead.

    how can i reduce this in photoshop? thanks!

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    Default Re: how to get rid of flash hotspots?

    what i do is if the area is not clipped then il try to juz adjust the spot or if it is clipped ill clone tool it.

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    Default Re: how to get rid of flash hotspots?

    Alot of people tried to be creative... Use paper... serviettes...

    anyone tried using a mirror to deflect and bounce the flash off a ceiling before? Heh.

    Sometimes the hotspot is so large... that cloning is very difficult?
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    thanks. i'm looking for ways to do it after the picture has already been taken lah. so unless there's a digital tissue paper filter in PS, it's a bit too late for me

    i suppose i can do the cloning thing. anyone with more details or suggestions?

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    Default Re: how to get rid of flash hotspots?

    Quote Originally Posted by pai View Post
    thanks. i'm looking for ways to do it after the picture has already been taken lah. so unless there's a digital tissue paper filter in PS, it's a bit too late for me

    i suppose i can do the cloning thing. anyone with more details or suggestions?
    depending on the picture, if just small spots, can just use healing brush, if big spot, well, unless u can find a piece of identical skin or texture, else just leave it...

    esp if u shoot at a piece of glass, then see 1 big hot spot... how? just leave it... by the time u do layering, etc... u still get 1 uneven patch.. and will look darn strange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pai View Post
    thanks. i'm looking for ways to do it after the picture has already been taken lah. so unless there's a digital tissue paper filter in PS, it's a bit too late for me

    i suppose i can do the cloning thing. anyone with more details or suggestions?
    scott kelby's book has a method of removing hotspots.
    if you can wait, i'll go home and post the steps for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt View Post
    depending on the picture, if just small spots, can just use healing brush, if big spot, well, unless u can find a piece of identical skin or texture, else just leave it...

    esp if u shoot at a piece of glass, then see 1 big hot spot... how? just leave it... by the time u do layering, etc... u still get 1 uneven patch.. and will look darn strange.
    thanks. the healing brush is pretty good. have used it on a few pix. yah i don't remove reflections from glass, or do anything drastic. just cut down the shine a bit on the nose and forehead. like applying powder liddat

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    Post the picture here. So that we can take a look and maybe retouch them for u.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    scott kelby's book has a method of removing hotspots.
    if you can wait, i'll go home and post the steps for you.
    that would be great. don't worry, no hurry at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simone View Post
    Post the picture here. So that we can take a look and maybe retouch them for u.
    thought of that, but think my friends would prefer me not to. anyway, got to learn how to do it myself lah

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    Quote Originally Posted by pai View Post
    that would be great. don't worry, no hurry at all.
    page 302.scott kelby photoshop cs2 guide.

    -press s to select clone tool.options bar, change mode pop up menu from normal to darken.
    -lower opacity to 50%.
    -choose a soft edge brush.
    -click on a clean area of skin(one that has no hot spots)
    - start painting gently over hot spot areas with clone stamp tool.

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    Default Re: how to get rid of flash hotspots?

    roger. will give it a shot. thanks.

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    Default Re: how to get rid of flash hotspots?

    use the combination of "clone" and "heal" tool. this is to make sure the cloned area blends in. works for me
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