Any one know of an easy way to remove hot spots on shiny woodwork? I have PSE2 and Picture It! available.
When I have hot spots on my images, I take a clone brush set to about 20% opacity and lightly brush over the spot, cloning pixels from a neighboring area that matches the color of the highllight...just my 2 cents...I have PSE3...
The best way to remove the reflections is to do it before shooting. Maybe better positioning of lights or using dulling spray. Doing it afterwards requires you to either clone from an adjecent area or recreate what you're replacing the reflection with.
Clone Tool with the blend mode set at Darken, Opacity 50%.
Use a big soft-edged Brush and sample an area near the bright spot; then brush over the bright spot.
I use this technique to remove flash-caused bright spots in portraits. Only the pixels lighter than the sample point are affected.
I used this technique with PS 7. I don't know if it's applicable with PS Elements 2.
I am not truely skilled in PS, but I have E2.0 and this is what I do sometimes. I take the cloneing tool and click on the darker area then drag acros the shinny parts usng the same background. I attached your photo after I did that. It is not real good,but you might try this. Monte Johnson.
Monte, thanks that is what I wound up doing. dupe image cut and paste from one ro another.