Remove hotspots from portraits with Photoshop

Hotspots, caused by harsh lighting such as bright sunshine or an undiffused flash, are partly an exposure problem and partly a colour problem, but you’ll rarely be able to eliminate them using either the exposure or the colour tools in Photoshop Elements or CS. Instead, the most effective approach is usually to treat them as a retouching challenge. In fact, this is a particularly good example of the benefits of being able to change the retouching tools' blending mode.

Note that we’re talking here about tool blending modes, which is set in the Options bar, rather than layer Blending Modes. The latter apply to an entire layer; tool blending modes can apply to individual brush strokes - you can change from one stroke to the next if you wish.

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