how to get rid of flash hotspots?


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pai

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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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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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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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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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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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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 ;p
 

simone

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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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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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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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