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Fixing red-eye

From: Quick Fixes with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Fixing red-eye

Red-eye is a very common issue in photos of people, because the flash, when it relatively close to the lens reflects light from the back of the eye back into the lens creating a reddish glow instead of dark pupil. Fortunately, it's very easy to fix in Photoshop Elements. There's actually an automatic Red-eye correction under Enhance Auto Red-eye Fix, but I find this one only works well about half the time, sometimes correcting one eye but not the other, for example. So, I generally opt for the manual approach using the Red-eye correction tool.

Fixing red-eye

Red-eye is a very common issue in photos of people, because the flash, when it relatively close to the lens reflects light from the back of the eye back into the lens creating a reddish glow instead of dark pupil. Fortunately, it's very easy to fix in Photoshop Elements. There's actually an automatic Red-eye correction under Enhance Auto Red-eye Fix, but I find this one only works well about half the time, sometimes correcting one eye but not the other, for example. So, I generally opt for the manual approach using the Red-eye correction tool.

The first step is to zoom in on the eyes so that we can see them, so I'll hold the Ctrl and Space Bar Keys on Windows, or the Cmd and Space Bar Keys on Macintosh, and then Click and Drag to define the area I want to take a closer look at. We can see now the red eye very, very clearly. I'll go ahead, and chose the Red-eye Removal tool, and then I'll Click and Drag to define a marquee that includes both the pupil and the iris. In other words the majority of the eye telling Photoshop Elements that this is the area where I want it to clean up the red eye.

You can see that with the default settings, it does a great job. I'll then go ahead and click and drag to identify the other eye in the image. Note that if you start dragging in the wrong spot, you can press and hold the Space Bar Key while you're still dragging, in order to move that box around. When you release the Space Bar Key, you can continue adjusting the overall size of the box, fine-tuning it so it matches the eye. Once you've identified the eye you simply release the mouse and again Photoshop Elements cleans up the red eye automatically.

So, while it may have been possible to use the Auto Red-eye Fix option on the Enhance menu. I prefer to simply use the Red-eye Correction tool, because I find it to be much more reliable when it comes to correcting Red-eye in my photos.

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