CoffeeShop Tutorial: Retouching - Hot Spots and Dark Shadows

I am a huge fan of Scott Kelby's books on photo-editing (I refer to an old edition, "The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers" quite often). His books are full of great tips/tricks and have been invaluable for my Photoshop and Photoshop Elements education. They are the only photo-editing books I have ever purchased.

I wanted to share with you a great retouching tip to remove those annoying hot spots and dark shadows on portraits. The dark shadows tip is actually mine, but the hot spot tip is directly from Mr. Kelby's book. The "new" healing tools are really valuable for skin repair, but the old classic clone tool is perfect for this type of retouching process. This method works great to reduce deep wrinkles without completely removing them and making an 80 year old look 20. Unless you want that look of course!!!


Domestic Chicky December 2, 2008 at 2:59 PM  

You have to go in and adjust the pixels of the image manually through the html. I hope this helps - you have MORE than helped me with all of your actions and tutorials - it's the least I can do! :-)

Digi Free December 2, 2008 at 11:33 PM  

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 02 Dec [LA 09:00pm] - 03 Dec [NY 12:00am, UK 05:00am, OZ 04:00pm] ).

Jody December 3, 2008 at 7:09 AM  

Again and again I thank you. Can't wait for the Powder Room action

amymom24 December 3, 2008 at 7:51 PM  

Very helpful! Thanks once again, Rita!

NC Wedding Photojournalist December 4, 2008 at 8:56 AM  

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Kristy December 4, 2008 at 7:52 PM  

Love the tut but couldn't get the powder room to work in PSE 7. Is there something different to do? Thanks! My picture was all blurry after I just ran the action.

Staci December 5, 2008 at 11:46 AM  

Awesome! Thanks for sharing this!

trouble and strife December 5, 2008 at 10:03 PM  

thanks! shall go and try this now =)

Michelle from MD, USA December 6, 2008 at 6:01 PM  

I hope it when I edit my photos it is as easy as you make it look. Thanks for sharing your secrets.

My Captivating Images October 16, 2010 at 9:44 PM  

It says this tutorial has been deleted or expired. :( Is there anyway to still get this tutorial? I would love to use it.

Rita October 16, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

I don't know what happened to the file, but I just made the image larger so you can see the tutorial! Rita

Barbara Metcalf Bella Vista, Arkansas November 4, 2012 at 3:43 PM  

I'm wondering if this post has been removed. I can't see it anymore… except for the introduction. :-/

Anonymous April 14, 2013 at 9:02 AM  

I think this link is no good anymore. Cannot find the tutorial and I was really hoping to read it. This is where I've been having problems. Would you mind reposting? thanks!