How to remove shadow in Photoshop CC


We always want to have a very good skin. But sometimes we get pimples, unusual marks on our skin. But we don’t want those things to be shown in our photo. So it’s a very important thing to learn how to get rid of them in our photo. But most of the time people try to vanish them by making their picture a little more overexposed. But it reduces much detail of a photo. So today I am going to tell you people about how to remove those pimple marks, blemish, shadows from your photo using Adobe Photoshop. Here we will be following some steps to remove these things from your photo.

This is the preview of our photo which I am going to use to follow the steps.

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As you can see, there is a somewhat shadow cast over the image due to improper lighting setup, which deprives our image of the quality it deserves.

And this is preview of the photo after following those steps.



At first you need to open the photo you want to give “Black and White effect” in Adobe Photoshop. To open it in Adobe Photoshop click on the “File”. Then click “Open” and select the photo. You can also open the photo by dragging it to the Photoshop field. If you photo is in desktop then “left click” on the photo and drag it to the Photoshop empty field. Then loose the “Left click”. So you inserted the photo in Photoshop.



Here you can see some shadow around the photo. It’s also under exposed. You can also see some pimple marks, blemish and visible line marks on her forehead. These things are quite disturbing for this photo.



Therefore, we are going to apply a fix to this photo using Adobe Photoshop’s tools.


First we are going to remove the shadows around the photo. To do that, go to the tools menu. Select “Clone stamp tool”. Now you can see a brush. You can change the diameter of the brush. To change the diameter of the brush press “[“ to increase and “]” to decrease.


To remove the shadow, first press “alt” and “left click” altogether and clone the particular place which you want to see instead of shadow and then loose “alt” and paint in the area of shadows. Here I want to see a plain background. So I clone the background of the photo without the shadow using the “Clone stamp tool“. You must be so careful when you are using this tool.  It’s like painting in the background. So you can zoom in the photo to only work on your workplace and remember to clone only the surrounding the shadow.


You can also change the “Opacity” of your brush to get a different result.


To remove a pimple and their marks there are many processes. You can also use the “Clone stamp tool” as I said before. But I want to introduce you to another tool which can easily remove pimples and marks. It’s not an automatic tool. So it’s quite good to use. You can find this “Patch tool” in the tools option at the left of your Adobe Photoshop.


Select the “Patch tool” and make a selection of the area you want to fix. I want to remove those pimples under her cheek. So I select the “Patch tool” and select those pimples by drawing a circle line around them. Then I grab the selection portion and slide it to the place which I want instead of those pimples.



Here I am introducing another tool to remove marks and blemish from the photo. It’s an automatic tool. You can find this “Spot healing brush tool” in the tool option.


Just click on the marks what you want to remove. It’s quite good. But I’d suggest using the manual tools. So I remove that mark on the forehead using “Spot healing brush tool”.



Creating a “Duplicate layer” is very easy and very useful for any kind of Photoshop work. It will preserve your original photo and edit the duplicated one. By this you can reverse the command too. To open a “Duplicate layer” go to the layer option and click “Duplicate layer”. You can see a “Background layer” in the layer dialogue box.



I am going to use my background layer to give my image a nice touch of toning, and since I’ll be adding a few more layers after that, let’s keep track of what I am doing with each layer by giving them more informative names than simply “Layer 1”, “Layer 2”, and so on. Double-click directly on the name “Background layer” in the layers palette and rename it to “Skin tone”.



To adjust the level, go to the “Image” from the top menu option. Then select “Adjustment” and select “Level”. There has three triangle showing three layers of the black and white photo such as shadow, mid-tone and the highlight. Adjust them according to the look you want to give your own black and white photo. Click “Ok” and go back to the image. In this histogram you can see less the highlight in the picture. So I slide the highlight triangle to the left and meet it with the histogram. Click “Ok” when you are done.




Tone curve is very essential to give a great tone in the photo. You can give your photo to any look by changing those tone curves. To adjust the tone curve go to the “Image” at the top of the option menu, select  “Adjustment” and select “Curve”.

Here you can see a “Straight Line” which represents the whole RGB of your photo. You can give a good looking tone using “Tone curve”. But I need to change the contrast of definite color. So click on the “RGB”. Now here its showing RED, GREEN, BLUE particularly.

Select the “RGB” and change make the curve as shown in below. I select the lower end of the straight line and change the input to 0 and output 0. Now select any point on that curve and change the input to 67 and output 75. It gives a little contrast. Now we need to give it some highlight. So select another point on the curve and change the input to 111 and output 141. Click “Ok” to end this task.


Fatten the layers to get this process completed – there is no going back after this, so you may want to do this as an independent layer by hitting the useful CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+E.


You can also give this photo a Glamorous look. Here I have done mine.


So you see, it’s very easy to give your photo a great look removing any kind of marks from the photo.

One point worth considering is to keep a close eye on the final lighting conditions. In this case, I exaggerated the effect on purpose to showcase the potential this kind of edit has. In case your image has a full whitey background, then refrain from adding extra intense highlights to the face or the image won’t look appealing: strong lighting intensity is going to make users struggle to see it due to the monitor’s setup – however, this end result does change for printed format.

Take, as a preventive measure, enough time to print a test sample of the image itself to see if you feel satisfied with the overall result – better do it soon prior than giving a bad impression by rushing up all the time.

Good luck and see you next time!

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