Reducing Hotspot

September 14, 2012

Here's a quick trick to reducing hotspot.  In the first photo, the hotspot is on the model's nose.  This was either due to the light source too close or the light was not diffused enough.  Either way, this quick trick will fix that.  In the second photo, the hotspot is cause by shooting in the middle of the day when the sun is brightly overhead.  The sun caused a hotspot reflection from the car.  No problem, this trick will reduce the hotspot.  Below is a summary of steps from the video above.

  1. Duplicate the layer (Command + J)
  2. Select the Patch Tool
  3. Make a selection around the hotspot
  4. Drag or move the selection to another similar location
  5. Deselect the selection (Command +D)
  6. Lower the Opacity of the top duplicate layer to around 30% - 50%