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I have an image that I want to use on a website, with white text on top of it. Most of the image is dark enough for this to work okay, but there is one spot that is too bright, so it makes the text unreadable. What's the best way for me to darken this section of the image in Photoshop CC 2018? I've tried using the Dodge/Burn tool but that didn't work too well (or I just don't know how to use it properly). I also tried selectively adjusting the brightness of that spot with an adjustment layer, but that didn't work well either.

I don't care if that part of the image is recognizable; it's going to have text on top of it, so it doesn't really matter too much what it looks like, as long as it is dark and not distracting.

Also, I thought it would be best to put the text directly on the image like I'm doing here but, from a design perspective, is that a bad idea? Should I put some kind of dark rectangle behind the text instead?

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Add a Fill Color Layer using one of the blues from the picture with a blurred mask where the light part is and a Multiply blend mode

Fill Color Layer

Fill Color Layer

Mask

Click the fill layer mask thumbnail, make a circle selection around the light area. Invert the selection and fill it with 100% black. Deselect and apply a Gaussian blur.

Mask

Edit the Fill Color Layer to adjust the color

Color

Result

Result

  • Sorry to be such a noob but I'm stuck on creating the blurred mask. I added a color fill layer but don't know how to do the mask. – johnnyb1970 Jun 26 at 15:19
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    Answer updated with the mask steps. – Danielillo Jun 26 at 15:29
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Duplicate a darker section from that photo as a new layer, overlay on that bright spot, use a large brush with soft hardness to clean up the edges so it blends in properly.

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I think you can add dark black transparent gradient layer and above it you can write your text like i did in below image!

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