I don't own a digital camera, and I was hoping someone could take a picture of some cooked and dry pasta sauce, with the chance of removing highlights from the image, making it a matte photo, if your camera can do this
Are you intending to use the image commercially?
I'm surprised to hear you don't have a digital camera at all. I thought anyone with a computer would have bunches of them nowadays (e.g., a few generations of dSLR, a point-and-shoot, one in a cell phone, a couple in an iPad, etc.)
…is pasta that has been out on a table for a few hours, it's still moist but alot has dried up.
Well, I'm not in the habit of leaving dishes "out on a table for a few hours," not even for a few unnecessary minutes, so I wouldn't be able to help you at all, even if you rephrased your request.
You could try
• the Filter Minimum (possibly with some Gaussian Blur added and some noise if necessary) on a Smart Object copy,
• maybe set the Smart Object copy to Blend Mode Darken
• and apply the appropriate Layer Mask pr use the Blend If > Underlying Layer-settings to limit it to the bright spots.
For the Google Images posted, your technique worked as best as you could get. It wasn't perfect in the sharpen arena but it was better then having the highlights in the image.
Anyone willing to do the shot for me ?