Shine – you are our greatest hero, but alas you are also our greatest enemy. We want our resume to shine, we want our bathroom to shine, we even want our kids to shine. We love the shining stars, the shining sun, the shining city on a hill. Truly, shine, you are a shining example who shines through. But… look, we have to draw the line at foreheads. You cost Nixon an election when his shiny forehead advertised his nervous perspiration, and you ruined my prom by revealing to the world that a powder blue polyester tuxedo doesn’t breathe. Shine… enough already. It’s time we fight back, and we’re going high tech.

All instructions are the same in Photoshop and Elements unless otherwise noted.

Step 1. Let’s start with a great, overlooked trick. After opening the image, open the same image again in a new window. In Photoshop, choose Window ->Arrange -> New Window. In Elements choose View->New Window. This allows you to view one window zoomed in for detail work and the other window at 100% so you can judge the effects.

Step 2. Using the magnifying glass tool draw a box around the area of shine. Make the box big enough to also show a fair amount of un-shiny skin.

Step 3. Select the Clone tool. At the top of the page select Mode: Darken and use the slider to set Opacity at 50%.

Step 4. Using the Clone Tool, select an area of un-shiny skin by putting the circle over the area and holding down the Alt button while left-clicking the mouse. To best match skin tone try to select the area of skin closest to the shine. Quick tip, to easily resize the Clone Tool circle simply use the bracket keys, [ and ] – much easier than moving your cursor back and forth between the photo and the Size slider.

Step 5. Now simply click on the shiny area and watch the magic happen. You’ll have to experiment a little for best effect, and for larger areas be sure to resample the un-shiny skin frequently. In the zoomed-in image the effect might look too obvious, so you’ll need to keep an eye on the 100% image to track your progress.
Notice the difference on the tip of the nose, the cheek, and above his eye.

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