How To Remove Face Shine In Photoshop (Fix Oily Skin)

Last Updated:

Oily skin in photos can appear bright and shiny, distracting from the subject. When photographing people, they may also request that you remove the oily look from their skin from the images. Luckily, you can easily remove shine from a face in Photoshop.

Here is how to do it in a few simple steps.

Lesson Summary
Step 1: Create A New Layer By Using The Plus Icon At The Bottom Of The Layers Panel
Step 2: Change The Blend Mode To Darken, Lower Opacity To 20%, And Use The Brush Tool (B) To Paint Over The Bright Pixels (The Oily Shine)
Step 3: Change The Layer Opacity To Blend Pixels More Naturally As Needed
Step 1: Create A New Layer By Using The Plus Icon At The Bottom Of The Layers Panel
Step 2: Change The Blend Mode To Darken, Lower Opacity To 20%, And Use The Brush Tool (B) To Paint Over The Bright Pixels (The Oily Shine)
Step 3: Change The Layer Opacity To Blend Pixels More Naturally As Needed

Video Tutorial

How To Fix Shiny Skin In Photoshop

Step 1: Create A New Blank Layer Using The Plus Sign In The Layers Panel

First, you must create a new layer to place the color changes you will apply to your image. To do this, go to the Layers Panel and click the plus sign icon at the bottom.  

Step 2: Paint Over The Oily Skin Using The Brush Tool (B)

Select the blank layer you created previously. Afterward, go to the Toolbar and select the Brush Tool (B).

Once you enable the Brush Tool, you must change some of its settings in the Options Bar.

First, change the blend mode to Darken. This will make the brush paint pixels that are lighter than the color we will sample. Thus, regions around the problem areas that are already darker than the sampled color and do not need to be painted will not be affected.

Next, change Opacity to 20%. This will allow you to achieve more natural results. Zoom in (Control + + (Win) or Command + + (Mac)) on the area you want to correct. Hold Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) and click an area adjacent to the bright spot you want to correct to sample pixels from there.

Once you hold in Alt/Option, your cursor will turn into an eyedropper icon. Click the desired pixels to sample them. You will see the sampled color active in the Foreground color swatch. With the desired color sampled, right-click on your image to bring up the Brush Settings panel.

Choose a brush size proportionate to the area you will initially cover. Alternatively, you can adjust the brush size using the bracket keys on your keyboard. The right bracket key ] increases brush size, while the left bracket key [ decreases it.

Leave Hardness at 0% and choose a Soft Round brush.

Now, paint over the bright pixels to cover them with the color you sampled.

Step 3: Blend Pixels In The Target Area Or Cover Pixels That Were Missed

To better blend pixels in the target area and cover pixels that may not have been covered, create a new layer by clicking the plus sign icon in the Layers Panel. Then, keep the new layer selected and change the blend mode to Color.

The Color blend mode allows you to paint pixels, preserving their luminance.

With the brush active and adjusted as demonstrated above, zoom in on the target area and sample pixels adjacent to the problem area. Then, keep painting the affected area with the sampled colors until the brightest spots are covered.

Step 4: Change Layer Opacity

If you feel the pixels you collected are not blending well with their surroundings, you can bring down the Color layer’s Opacity.

Repeat the process over the rest of the shiny areas to remove the oily skin.

This simple trick is great in your back pocket when editing portrait images. Especially when shooting headshots, this will be one of your most requested retouching adjustments!

Photo of author
I'm a Canadian photographer and photo retoucher turned founder of bwillcreative.com. Around here I help you to decode the mystery of photo editing with no-fluff videos and written guides to help you achieve your creative goals. Outside of shooting photos and my passion for educating, you'll find me mountain biking or on the trails with my dog, Sunny!

Continue Reading:

How To Create Adjustment Presets In Photoshop

Learn how to create adjustment presets in Photoshop in a few easy steps to speed up your work and create consistent edits across multiple images

How To Use The Marquee Tool In Photoshop

Learn how to use the Marquee Tool in Photoshop to crop layers, create basic selections, add selective adjustments, and more with ease.

How To Crop A Layer In Photoshop (3 Simple Methods)

If you're struggling to figure out how to crop a layer in Photoshop, you're not alone. Fortunately, there are a few easy (not so obvious) methods to help you crop a single layer in Photoshop.

How To Use Generative Remove In Lightroom – Complete Guide

Learn how to use the Generative Remove feature in Adobe Lightroom to seamlessly remove large objects from your photos with AI.

What Are Embedded Previews In Lightroom + How To Use Them

Use this guide to help you understand the use of embedded previews in Lightroom along with tips to help you use them in your workflow.

Adobe Lightroom System Requirements For Mac & PC

Here's a breakdown of the system requirements for Adobe Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC to make sure it will run smoothly on your computer.

How To Outline An Image In Canva

Learn how to outline anything in Canva from outlining images, shapes, text, designs, and more with a few easy steps.

How To Add A Border In Canva (To Images, Shapes & Text!)

Learn how to easily add a border to your designs, images, shapes, and text in Canva using these step by step techniques.

How To Make A Background Transparent In Canva

Learn how to create and export images with transparent backgrounds in Canva to open up more design options and creative styles.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments