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Removing red-eye

From: Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop

Video: Removing red-eye

Red-eye is one of those insidious problems that is actually relatively easy to avoid all together. All you need to do is make sure that the flash illuminating the subject is relatively far from the lens. Of course, in many cases that's easier said than done. Such as when you're using a small point-and-shoot camera where you can't move the flash. In those sorts of situations the results can be red-eye, a reddening of the pupil in the eye, and it can obviously be a little demonic-looking and a little distracting. Fortunately fixing red-eye in Lightroom is remarkably easy.

Removing red-eye

Red-eye is one of those insidious problems that is actually relatively easy to avoid all together. All you need to do is make sure that the flash illuminating the subject is relatively far from the lens. Of course, in many cases that's easier said than done. Such as when you're using a small point-and-shoot camera where you can't move the flash. In those sorts of situations the results can be red-eye, a reddening of the pupil in the eye, and it can obviously be a little demonic-looking and a little distracting. Fortunately fixing red-eye in Lightroom is remarkably easy.

Over on the right panel in the Develop Module, you'll find on the toolbar near the top a Red-Eye Correction tool. I'll go ahead and click on that tool, notice that there are no adjustments available here. All we need to do is work on the image itself. I'll move my mouse out over the image, you can see that I have roughly eye shaped control now. This is effectively a brush, I can adjust the size of the brush with the left and right square bracket keys, right square bracket key to increase the size of the brush, and left square bracket key to reduce the size of the brush. And the idea is that I want to identify the eye for Lightroom, the entire eye, including the iris, and the pupil.

So I'll position the mouse over the eye, I'll make sure that the crosshair is pointed at a portion of the red in the eye. And then I will simply click and Lightroom will apply an adjustment to that area. Now that I've identified one of the eyes, I can use the Pupil Size and Darken sliders in order to fine tune the effect. If I increase Pupil Size, the Gray Effect, the reduction of color will expand beyond the pupil. If I reduce the Pupil Size, you'll see that some of that red starts to appear again. So I can fine tune, I think it was actually in pretty good shape to begin with, right about there looks pretty good.

And I can also adjust the degree of darkening of that pupil. And this mostly relates to the appearance of lighting within the subject, so you might want to fine tune, in some cases to a darker level and in some cases to a lighter level. It will just vary on the particular subject and the image itself. I can then press the Space Bar key and Click and Drag to move to the other eye. I'll position the mouse over that eye and click once again. And you'll see we get that automated adjustment and I can continue fine tuning. Again, I'll think I'll darken the pupil just a little bit and maybe reduce the size, just a hair, because it is getting out in to other portions of, of the eyelid and other areas of the image here. So, right about here, looks to be pretty good.

Generally speaking I prefer to have the tool Overlay set to the Auto option. With always, we will always see these circles around the eyes, if we use the Auto option then I will only see those circles when I mouse over the image. I'll go ahead and switch to the Fit View here. When I mouse over the image, you can see now because of that auto setting, I can see the circles, but if I move outside of the image then I won't see the circles. I'll go ahead and zoom in on the image one more time, and you can see that we can also select the individual corrections, each of the eyes individually, simply by clicking on them, and then we can fine tune our sliders as needed.

And I think here we've gotten a good effect, we've cleaned up that red-eye without any difficulty at all. So, I can click to close my Red-Eye controls and continue with other work on this or another image.

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Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop

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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
  2. 15m 9s
    1. Overview of the Develop module workflow
      3m 8s
    2. Evaluating images
      3m 26s
    3. Seeing a before-and-after view
      3m 40s
    4. Correcting mistakes with the History and Snapshot features
      4m 55s
  3. 20m 17s
    1. Starting with a Develop preset
      4m 9s
    2. White balance adjustment
      4m 8s
    3. Basic exposure controls
      3m 26s
    4. Highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks
      3m 15s
    5. Adding clarity to an image
      2m 15s
    6. Boosting colors with Vibrance and Saturation
      3m 4s
  4. 31m 39s
    1. Fine-tuning with the Tone Curve adjustment
      7m 22s
    2. Advanced color adjustments
      5m 5s
    3. Sharpening an image
      6m 33s
    4. The Graduated Filter tool
      5m 2s
    5. Painting adjustments into an image
      7m 37s
  5. 24m 11s
    1. Cleaning up blemishes
      5m 4s
    2. Cropping and straightening photos
      5m 55s
    3. Applying noise reduction
      3m 52s
    4. Lens correction adjustments
      6m 2s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 18s
  6. 18m 41s
    1. Creating virtual copies
      2m 52s
    2. Converting color into black and white
      3m 51s
    3. Adding a color tint
      2m 30s
    4. Split toning effects
      3m 20s
    5. Adding a vignette effect
      3m 56s
    6. Adding a film grain effect
      2m 12s
  7. 12m 31s
    1. Adjusting multiple images with Quick Develop
      2m 49s
    2. Duplicating the previous adjustment
      2m 38s
    3. Copying and pasting Develop settings
      3m 54s
    4. Synchronizing Develop settings
      3m 10s
  8. 17m 16s
    1. Basic Photoshop workflow
      5m 41s
    2. Stitching panoramas
      5m 1s
    3. Working with HDR images
      6m 34s

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