Remove Tear Stains in Photoshop

Author Recent Posts Nicole BegleyNicole Begley, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is a zoological animal trainer turned pet photographer and educator. She created Hair of the Dog in 2012 to empower pet photographers to turn their dreams into reality by helping them improve their craft and grow their pet photography business.Nicole has authored a book “Pet and Equine […]

Written By Nicole Begley

On November 8, 2017

White dogs can be challenging to edit, especially when they have the dark stains around their eyes or muzzle.  As with everything in Photoshop, there are a variety of possible solutions from selective color replacement, selecting a certain color range, painting, and changing the blending mode, or just click this FREE action.

I created the action by making hue/saturation adjustment layer and adjusting the saturation of the colors of the stains and adding a bit of luminance.  Follow that up with a mask and simply paint in where you want the adjustment.  You can download that action, and my sparkly eye action below.

One other common challenge that I address in this video is my super simple way to blend the background when content aware or patching just doesn't do the job.  Photoshop does the spot healing tools extremely well, but has a tough time on really soft or gradient backgrounds.  For those backgrounds, the clone stamp and a mask are my best friends.



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  1. Teann Dhariwal

    Oh this is great! I always do everything by hand, so this is so helpful! Thank you! Question about this image…is this completely natural light?

    • Nicole

      Yes, it’s natural light!

  2. John Gaylord

    Also, another great way to remove color you don’t want (tear stains) is how I learned to remove lens flare. The volume in this video is not very good, but the technique is great…

  3. Philip

    This is a great action…thank you very much

  4. Tylor

    I had been looking around for a tutorial on this exact technique. This is perfect.

  5. Marla

    Oh, this is perfect! Thank you! My own dog is white & he’s always had tear stains. Thanks for creating a helpful tool to speed up editing.


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