31 Responses to How to fix blown highlights

  1. Joe Hudspeth May 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Thanks! Been wondering how to get that done. Now I can work on some of the photos I have that are messed up and blown out. Good tip.

    • Carolyn December 9, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

      Another great tip. Love how simple it is to fix some problems when you know how. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Judy Lauwens June 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    Thanks very much….a real help!

  3. CDRome June 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Excellent! Thank you.

  4. doglady June 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    This was an awesome tip! Thanks.

  5. Irene June 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Great tip! Thank you!

  6. Bern August 5, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    Very well explained, thanks.

  7. Billy Antonacci August 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Hi Steve. This was a terrific video; thanks again.

  8. Brian McGougan August 12, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Good Effort Steve…Very Simple Fix …Yet Very Effective.

  9. Vic Zubakin September 9, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Cheers for the tip.

  10. Nicole October 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Excellent video. I am replacing a sky and I think this might just work in those tough to blend areas of my image. Thanks!!!

    • photographyuncovered November 24, 2014 at 8:06 am #

      Thanks Nicole 🙂 It’s taken me a while to catch up to your comment – how did you go fixing up that sky?

      • Nicole November 25, 2014 at 3:40 am #

        I believe I ended up using the ‘Apply Image’ command and some cloning. It is always a challenge to find a way to use a sky from another photo so I end up doing a lot of editing. Not sure I ever get the result I am 100% happy with especially when there is a lot of fine details like trees and such. Having said that, I love your videos and always find a way to use them techniques in post-production. Thanks!

  11. John Davis October 22, 2014 at 2:03 am #

    Great tip. For those who use photoshop elements is the process the same as it is for CS6.

  12. Simon Rhodes December 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Yes wonderful video, except us chrome users can’t see it because its in FLASH!

  13. Federico F. Moy December 21, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    Yes, Steve is useful for me, I have a lot photos with blow light I had takend photo in extreme condition of lights. I keep saying you are a good profesor, I like so much how analyze the photograph when you see the all elements into the photo , flirts composition, focus attention, where put the colors, where to apply shadows, where to apply more lights, how to correct colors, I a like so much how to make contrast ( to see like 3D. ) I have a lot material to see you videos, Greeting from Mexico.
    Cordially
    Federico F. Moy.

  14. SHAJEE SATKU January 5, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks a lot

  15. Noeleen Joy McRae January 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

    Thanks Steve, another great tip which I’ll put to great use

  16. Dusfim January 26, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Excellent tutorial, i used to fix this problem of the highlights area
    with the cloning stamp tool.Honestly now adding the Gaussian Blur i am
    having better results. Thanks Steve for your full support to those who
    want to improve there photography.

  17. huusinger July 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    “Stream not found” Waaah.

  18. Cynthia August 21, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    VERY helpful – thank you!!

  19. Vandana Joshi August 29, 2015 at 6:55 am #

    Very helpful……………..

    Thanks a lot for giving us tips for retouching pix…. thanks a lot again….

  20. Lórien Davy September 12, 2015 at 11:43 pm #

    Excellent and very helpful technique, Steve, as always — Thank you! One question (well, three questions, really): Why are you doing this editing in PsCS6, rather than PsCC? Do you prefer CS6? If so, why?

  21. Francis September 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Useful technique certainly for landscapes. Many thanks.

  22. Tom Schultz November 25, 2015 at 12:05 am #

    I am grateful for your (free) videos that have led me into the capabilities of Photoshop Elements. You are an exception to the 3-part rule: those who can, do; those who can’t, teach; those who can’t teach, teach teachers.

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      Steve November 25, 2015 at 5:24 am #

      Thanks so much – that’s very nice of you to say so 🙂

  23. Melanie December 9, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    Thank you once again Steve. I find all of your videos extremely helpful and your teaching style is supurb. This video is a brilliant idea, one I will put to good use.

  24. Mike Gaskin December 17, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    Another great lesson Steve.

  25. MichelleMarshall January 26, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

    Very useful tip! I have struggled with this issue many times. Thank you!

  26. Betty Bryan February 12, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    Thanks for the great tip.

  27. RaymondMeltzer April 3, 2016 at 10:06 pm #

    There are many ways to dodge in the bright areas. If you do a exposure adjustment layer and find in your whitened areas have enough info in the RAW file, then CTRL I the mask and use a white paint brush only on that area and then use a Gaussian blur the results are exceptional. I have also used a Black and White masking and done the same to dodge and burn. I like the way you did this and I learn from every demo you do on PS. As we say here in the states,”There more ways than one to skin a cat”. By the way I did purchase your masking lessons the other day and now need the time to view them.

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