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Go beyond the automatic editing features in Adobe Photoshop Elements and find out how to make sophisticated edits using the program's Expert Edit mode. In this course, author, teacher, and photographer Jan Kabili explores the core features of the Expert Edit mode, from making exposure adjustments, retouching, and compositing images, to adding text. The course also takes a close look at adjusting photos with Adobe Camera Raw, included with Elements 11.
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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