Say goodbye to that shine: How to fix oily and overexposed skin in Photoshop and Lightroom


posted Monday, July 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM EDT


While it's best to get everything right in camera, there are certain things you often don't have much control over. One of these is whether or not a subject's skin is oily. Whether you're shooting portraits or weddings, shiny skin is an unfortunate reality that you'll have to deal with at one time or another. As photographer Joe Edelman points out, this problem is especially common during the hot, humid summer months. He says not to fret, however, as it's a fairly easy thing to fix in both Photoshop and Lightroom.

First up is Photoshop. A new layer, the eyedropper tool and a soft, low opacity brush set to "Darken" blend mode are all you need to deal with shiny skin. For those of you who rely exclusively on Lightroom to do your editing, fear not, as you can deal with shiny skin as well. Spot healing will be your tool of choice, but Edelman says that it will take a bit of finesse and effort to get the desired results. Check out the video below to see how to eliminate shiny skin in Photoshop and Lightroom.

So there you have it, a couple of really easy ways to fix glistening skin in post-processing. To watch more great videos, see Joe Edelman's YouTube channel. To see more of his work, be sure to check out his website. If you regularly photograph people, you should also consider joining Edelman's Facebook group.

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