Fixing "Spot" Overexposure

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Is there a way that I can reduce "spot" overexposure easily? I have a properly exposed night-time shot of a building. However, there are a couple of areas that are overexposed since they are lighted signs near the tops of the buildings. How can I reduce the overexposure ONLY in these two small targeted areas?
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Chris Cox

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Which program are you using?
Which version?

In Photoshop, Elements, or Lightroom you can do a burn operation or adjustment to increase the darkness/density of that area.

But if there is no detail left after the overexposure, then you won't be able to get anything out of it. In that case you can composite data from another exposure, or paint in fake detail.
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I can use Lightroom 5.1 or Photoshop Elements 12. I'm a fairly new user to both programs. Could you please explain with as much detail as possible.
The image doesn't need very much highlight reduction in the areas I'm trying to improve.
Thank you for whatever help that you can provide.
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There are many tutorials available on using the adjustment brushes in Lightroom, or doing a photographic burn or adjustments with masks in Elements.