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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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