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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
Now I'd like to show you how to remove red eye from your images using the Auto Red Eye Fix option available in Quick Fix Edit mode. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing our exercise files folders. Here in the Content panel, what I'd like to do is double-click on the Chapter 5 folder, Using Quick Fix Mode, and then double-click on the red eye folder and then I'm going to select both these images by Shift-clicking and then double-click either image in order to open them up in the Elements' Editing workspace. All right, you can look over here on the Edit tab and you can see we're currently in Full Edit mode. We want to enter Quick Edit Mode so let's go ahead and click on the Quick button and here we're viewing one of our images, our first image and it's an image of me and my son on the couch playing some guitar and you can see what happened here, he got some red eye and that's a really, really bad instance of red eye. Very, very apparent and we definitely want to get rid of that.
Thankfully, there is an Auto Red Eye Fix tool here in Quick Fix and it works I would say most of the time, but not always, okay. So let's take a look at this. All you really need to do is open up the image that contains the red eye, enter in a Quick Fix mode and over here where it says General Fixes, click on the Red Eye Fix Auto button. Go ahead and click on that, see what happens. Wait a couple of seconds and what it did is it located the red eye. It did a pretty good job of filling in the red areas with black. So that's actually not too bad. It looks a lot better than of course this over here.
However, it's not always going to recognize every instance of red eye in your images. We're glad that it did in this instance. But let's go ahead and take a look at our other photo. Go in the Project bin down here, click that arrow to reveal our images and we'll double-click the image of the dog. Now it is possible for images of animals to contain red eye, sometimes there are different colors, a lot of times you'll see them blue. In this instance though it was red as you can see and if I click on the Auto Red Eye Fix button, see what happens, wait a couple of seconds until our stopwatch disappears, it didn't recognize the instance of Red Eye and it didn't correct it. So here's an example of how it did not locate the problem and it wasn't able to fix it. So what that means is we're left to our other devices in order to fix this problem and one of them would be to use the Red Eye tool over here in the left. This is also available in the Full Edit Mode of course.
Let's go ahead and click on the Red Eye Removal tool. Let me go ahead and zoom in on this image. I'm actually going to press Command+Plus several times to get in close on the eye. So we've got the Before and the After here and all you really need to do with this tool is just click in the area where the red eye exists and it tries to locate that area and fill it in with black. It did a pretty good job, left a little bit of shade of red in here, but that's hardly noticeable. If we wanted to, we can Undo it clicking the Undo button and maybe click a little closer in that area and see if it does a better job. No, see there, it missed the mark entirely. You've got to be careful where you click.
Let's Undo that again. We could maybe try increasing the darken amount and the pupil size, just to see if we can stretch a little further with it. Go ahead and click right in the red eye there in the center this time. Hey, I did a little bit better job. So that's basically using the Red Eye tool as an alternative to the Auto Red Eye Fix. If for some reason, you pull up an image like this one that the Auto Red Eye is not recognizing, you can always use the Red Eye tool in order to fix red eye here in Quick Fix Mode.
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