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Using Channels

  • Go to Channels. CMD + Click on the RGB Channel which selects the highlights. Use CTRL + J to copy the highlights onto a new layer. Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Multiply to darken the area. You can duplicate the layer to increase the effect. You may need a Hue/Saturation layer to reduce saturation in a colour image to match a colour. (Video).

Using the Spot Healing and Patch Tools

Using Shadows & Highlights

  • The most accurate way to edit highlights is using Shadows & Highlights (Menu> Image> Adjustments > Shadows & Highlights), however this is destructive and there is not an Adjustment Layer which does the same thing non destructively. However, you can convert the image to a Smart Object and apply this as a Smart Filter.