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Removing red-eye

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos

Video: Removing red-eye

When you're shooting with a camera that has a built-in flash, like a small point-and-shoot camera, the light from the flash can sometimes bounce off your subject's retina, causing a glowing red- eye effect like the one that you see here. Fortunately, the Expert edit workspace has a built-in Red Eye Removal Tool that you can use to try to reduce or eliminate this red eye effect. Before I apply the Red Eye Removal Tool, which I have selected here in the toolbar, I'm going to duplicate the photo layer, because this tool will directly impact the photo. I'll go over to the Layers panel, I'll right-click on the Background layer that contains the photo, and I'll choose Duplicate Layer, and then I'll click OK. So I'll be running this effect on the Background copy layer.

Removing red-eye

When you're shooting with a camera that has a built-in flash, like a small point-and-shoot camera, the light from the flash can sometimes bounce off your subject's retina, causing a glowing red- eye effect like the one that you see here. Fortunately, the Expert edit workspace has a built-in Red Eye Removal Tool that you can use to try to reduce or eliminate this red eye effect. Before I apply the Red Eye Removal Tool, which I have selected here in the toolbar, I'm going to duplicate the photo layer, because this tool will directly impact the photo. I'll go over to the Layers panel, I'll right-click on the Background layer that contains the photo, and I'll choose Duplicate Layer, and then I'll click OK. So I'll be running this effect on the Background copy layer.

There are two ways to apply the Red Eye Removal Tool, either automatically or manually. I usually try the Auto Correct first to see if it gives me an effect that I want. To apply Red Eye Removal automatically, I'll go down to the options for the Red Eye Removal Tool and I'll click the Auto Correct button. Now in this case Auto Correct has actually reduced the red eye effect in both of her eyes. Her eyes don't look totally natural, but it's better than the red glow. To be honest, Auto Correct doesn't always work this well on all photos with red eye, so I can show you how to apply the Red Eye Removal Tool manually.

I'll press Ctrl+Z, that's Command+Z on Mac, to Undo. This time, because I know that the tool is going to make her eyes look very dark, I'm going to go down and work with the Darken slider in the Red Eye Removal options. I'll drag the Darken slider way over to left to see if I can get less of an extreme effect in her eyes. There's also a Radius slider that you can use if Red Eye Removal isn't affecting enough of the subject's pupils. So now I'll come in and I'll click on one of her eyes with this tool and in just a moment the red has been replaced with a kind of a gray color.

I'll try it on the other eye also, and that's done a pretty good job too. Now if I want to bring some of the original color back, because I did run this on a copy layer, I can lower the opacity of this layer by dragging the Opacity over to the left, and that makes her eyes look a little more natural. It looks to me like some of that black fill is overlapping onto her eyelid here. I'm going to zoom in so we can see that better. And I do see a little bit of gray up here and here and down here, so what I'm going to do is add a Layer Mask to that background copy layer by clicking the Layer Mask icon at the top of the Layers panel.

With the Layer Mask highlighted, I'll go over to the toolbar, I'll select the Brush Tool, I'll set my foreground color to black by clicking this double-pointed arrow, and then I'll move into the image and I'm going to paint on the Layer Mask with black to see if I can remove some of that black from the top and bottom of her eye. Now if I go too far like that, it's no problem. I can just come back and switch to white paint, and once again reveal the content of that Background copy layer. I'll go back to black, and I'll come over to this eye, and see if I can paint away a little bit of that effect just under her eye.

And then I go back to a 100% view by double-clicking the Zoom tool. So that's not perfect, but if I go over to the Layers panel and I turn off the Background copy layer, you can see that it's a lot better than where we started when her eyes were glowing brightly red like this.

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  1. 6m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
    3. Overview of the editing workspaces
      3m 34s
  2. 43m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 21s
    2. Making the most of the tools in Elements
      4m 6s
    3. Arranging the panels
      4m 32s
    4. Zooming and panning
      4m 3s
    5. Viewing multiple photos
      3m 51s
    6. Undoing
      5m 15s
    7. Cropping
      3m 46s
    8. Resizing
      7m 18s
    9. Saving images and examining formats
      6m 2s
  3. 19m 23s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 59s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      4m 33s
    3. Creating new layers
      6m 51s
  4. 38m 28s
    1. Why use selections?
      4m 20s
    2. Selecting with the marquee tools
      3m 56s
    3. Selecting with the lasso tools
      6m 40s
    4. Selecting by color and tone
      6m 22s
    5. Refining a selection
      4m 51s
    6. Selecting hair
      5m 42s
    7. Hiding content with a layer mask
      6m 37s
  5. 46m 54s
    1. Why use adjustment layers?
      5m 15s
    2. Adjusting color with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      4m 32s
    3. Correcting lighting with a Levels adjustment layer
      3m 32s
    4. Adjusting part of an image with an adjustment layer
      5m 19s
    5. Exploring auto adjustments
      3m 55s
    6. Improving shadows and highlights
      2m 14s
    7. Removing a color cast
      1m 47s
    8. Fine-tuning with Color Curves
      3m 16s
    9. Converting to black and white
      2m 26s
    10. Correcting camera distortion
      5m 32s
    11. Reducing noise
      2m 56s
    12. Sharpening
      6m 10s
  6. 20m 51s
    1. Creating a panorama
      5m 6s
    2. Merging bracketed exposures
      6m 0s
    3. Removing people from a scene
      5m 25s
    4. Combining group shots
      4m 20s
  7. 29m 24s
    1. Removing blemishes
      3m 42s
    2. Reducing wrinkles and circles
      4m 16s
    3. Enhancing eyes
      5m 19s
    4. Removing red-eye
      3m 15s
    5. Adjusting skin tone
      2m 21s
    6. Removing dust spots
      4m 7s
    7. Removing content
      6m 24s
  8. 52m 36s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      5m 18s
    2. Using the latest Camera Raw controls
      3m 16s
    3. Camera Raw basics
      6m 22s
    4. Making use of the histogram
      3m 45s
    5. Setting white balance
      3m 44s
    6. Adjusting lighting
      4m 28s
    7. Adjusting color saturation
      2m 9s
    8. Cropping and straightening
      3m 58s
    9. Reducing noise
      3m 33s
    10. Sharpening
      3m 38s
    11. Synchronizing edits to multiple photos
      3m 36s
    12. Outputting from Camera Raw
      6m 14s
    13. Using Camera Raw with JPEGs
      2m 35s
  9. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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