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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 would like to show you a more hands-on approach to correcting red eye in your images as opposed to always relying on the Auto Red Eye Fix feature in Elements. I'm currently in the Bridge application and what I would like to do is scroll down here in my Content panel, where I'm viewing my exercise files folders, and double-click on this Chapter 11 Retouching folder. Inside of this folder we have another folder named redeye removal. I'm going to double-click on that and then double- click on the retouching-1 image to open that up in the Elements' Editing workspace. As you can see here we have some red eye and what I would like to do is fix this red eye. But rather than going into Quick Fix mode and clicking on the Auto Red Eye Fix feature over here, what I would like to instead do is stay in Full Edit mode and access the Red Eye Removal tool, which is over here, I can click on the icon in the Tools palette, in order to access the tool. Notice that we also have an Auto button up here, which works exactly like the Auto button in Quick Fix mode.
Now I could click on that button and let it do its thing, and there it is, it's gone ahead and fixed the red eye. Let's go ahead and zoom in, so I'm going to press Command+Plus few times to zoom in and it's done a pretty good job. The problem here is that the pupils of the eyes are still a little too light. They don't look exactly natural. So we want to fix that. Let's go ahead and undo by clicking the Undo button and this time let's try using the tool itself. Now all you really need to do to use the tool is just hover over the eye and just click right in the center of it, in order to remove the red eye. We will do that for each eye and you can see we get sort of the same results. We're having this problem still where the pupil is just not dark enough. We have this dark black ring around it as well. It's just doesn't look natural.
So we want to fix that. Let's go ahead and Undo two times and we could try and change the settings here. We can try and reduce the pupil size so that that ring around the pupil is not quite so large, maybe bring that down to about 20% or even less, maybe 15%. Let's try increasing the Darken Amount to see if we can maybe get those pupils a little darker effect. I'm just going to crank this all the way up since we're having such a problem with it, all the way up to 100%. I did that using the scrubbies here. Just dragging over the words, dragging to the right.
So now what I would like to do is go ahead and click in the center of the eyes again and see what kind of results we get. We were getting still the same problem. Even with that Darken Amount cranked all the way up. So what I would suggest we do is go ahead and Undo that twice. I think because the darkest results I got were from the Auto feature. I'm going to go ahead and click the Auto button again. That looks fairly good to me. The next thing I'm going to do is I'm going in here with the Selection tool, the Elliptical Marquee tool actually. I'm going to zoom in on the eye. We can use our Command+Plus to do that and then scroll over by holding on the spacebar to temporarily access the tool.
Now I'm going to go ahead with the Elliptical Marquee tool and just draw a circle over the pupil area. Now I can hold down the spacebar as I click and drag in order to reposition my circle and that is exactly what I'm going to do. I now have that selection and what I would like to do now is switch to the Burn tool, just down here. If you click on the set of tools and hold down see we have a Sponge tool a Dodge tool and a Burn tool. The Burn tool is going to allow us to darken this area. What we need to do is resize the tool and we can do that using the bracket keys this as if we were working with a brush.
So I'm going use the left bracket key to resize it incrementally each time I hit that key it downsizes the brush. I'm going to get it so that it's just right, it's just a little bit larger than my selection. That's exactly what I want. Up here with our options Range I make sure we have Midtones selected. Notice that you can also choose Shadows and Highlights. We're going to stick with Midtones and we will start with this Exposure of 50%, see what we get. So let's go ahead and click a few times. Once, twice, three times, getting darker with the each click. Four times, five times, six times maybe even seven clicks. Let's go ahead and hide our marching ants there by pressing Command+H.
That way we don't lose the selection; we're just hiding it. That looks a lot more natural to me. Let's zoom out and compare it to the other eye. You can see that looks a lot better, a lot more natural. So let's go ahead and do the same thing for the other eye. We will go ahead and zoom in, this time I'm holding on the Command and spacebar keys together and then clicking and dragging with the tool. Again back to the Elliptical Marquee tool, draw a circle, hold down the spacebar and move the mouse to reposition.
Let's get it in position. That looks good to me. Now I'm going to switch back to the Burn tool. Hover over the eye, over my selection and click 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 times to match the other eye. Hide my selection and let's zoom out a bit and compare the two eyes. That actually looks pretty good to me. Something else you can do if you would like as you can -- I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on this again using the same method. I will show my marching ants.
I'm going to invert the selection, which you Select Inverse. So now if I switch to the Dodge tool, decrease the size of the brush, like so, so that we can paint around the edge in order to lighten little bit of this area surrounding the pupil that we have just darkened. Up here we have our Range selector again, we're going to choose Shadows this time because that's what we want to adjust. We're going to reduce the Exposure, because this is pretty powerful tool. We don't want it to get too light, so we will bring it down to about maybe 15 %. Then click and drag around that dark area just to lighten it up a little bit. So it's really important that you have a smaller brush, because you don't want to go too far into the eye there.
If you need to, you can also hide your selection. That makes it easier for you. Go through here, clicking to remove some of those dark areas. Go over the other eye. Create another selection. We will deselect by pressing Command+D and then make our selection again over here using the spacebar to reposition. Invert, Command+Shift+I. I'm going to go ahead and hide it this time and then back to the Dodge tool, and I might even decrease the size of brush a little bit more, clicking on the left bracket key to do that. Then just paint right around that selection edge, right around that area there.
You can see that fixes a lot better when you hide the selection and that's why I went ahead and I hit that. This is a little bit tedious, but I think pays off in the long run because now we have an eye that looks somewhat normal, at least a lot more normal than it did when we first started. You can go ahead and deselect, Command+D. Let's go ahead and fit the image in the window to take a look at it overall, Command+0, and now we have repaired eyes; no longer have red eyes. They actually pretty good. Let's zoom in a little bit more. That looks much, much better in the results that we got when we first started by clicking on the Auto Red Eye Fix button here in Elements.
All right. So all you need to do is make your selections and use the Burn tool to darken up the eye. You can then invert the selection and use the Dodge tool at a lower setting by changing the Shadows here and lightening up those areas around the pupil. So that's how you can fix red eye properly.
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