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  1. Joe Hudspeth

    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

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

  2. Judy Lauwens

    Thanks very much….a real help!

  3. CDRome

    Excellent! Thank you.

  4. doglady

    This was an awesome tip! Thanks.

  5. Irene

    Great tip! Thank you!

  6. Bern

    Very well explained, thanks.

  7. Billy Antonacci

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

  8. Brian McGougan

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

  9. Vic Zubakin

    Cheers for the tip.

  10. Nicole

    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

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

      • Nicole

        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

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

  12. Simon Rhodes

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

  13. Federico F. Moy

    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.
    Federico F. Moy.


    Thanks a lot

  15. Noeleen Joy McRae

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

  16. Dusfim

    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

    “Stream not found” Waaah.

  18. Cynthia

    VERY helpful – thank you!!

  19. Vandana Joshi

    Very helpful……………..

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

  20. Lórien Davy

    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

    Useful technique certainly for landscapes. Many thanks.

  22. Tom Schultz

    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.

    • mm

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

  23. Melanie

    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. MichelleMarshall

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

  25. Betty Bryan

    Thanks for the great tip.

  26. RaymondMeltzer

    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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