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Using the Red-Eye Removal tool


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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

with Ted LoCascio

Video: Using the Red-Eye Removal tool

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.
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training
8h 22m Beginner Sep 29, 2008

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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.

Topics include:
  • Identifying photos by name, keyword, rating, and label
  • Locating photos with searches, filters, collections, and stacks
  • Using automated red-eye correction and sharpening tools
  • Making detailed color and tone corrections
  • Using Photomerge on faces and groups
  • Working with filters, artwork, and other image customizations
  • Scrapbooking
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Ted LoCascio

Using the Red-Eye Removal tool

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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