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If you ever use a point and shoot camera, with the flash enabled then you've certainly experienced red eye in your photos. With professional lighting equipment its relatively easy to avoid red eye. You simply need to get the light source, the flash a relatively good distance away from the lens. With compact cameras that's obviously a bit of a challenge. In this photo, for example, you can see there's a bit of red eye to be dealt with. Now, PhotoShop actually includes a red eye removal tool. It's found underneath the Spot Healing Brush tool on the tool box. But I find that it doesn't produce the best results in all situations.
And so I prefer to take a slightly more manual approach that's not terrible complicated. And allows us to separate out the color correction and the tonal correction for our red eye adjustment. So, I'm just going to use the Brush tool rather than the Red Eye tool. I'll start with a color correction. I'll go ahead and add a new layer by clicking on the Create New Layer button. At the bottom of the Layers panel. I'll then double-click the name of the layer, and we'll call this Red Eye Fix, and I'll press Enter or Return to apply that name change. And I'm going to change the Blend mode for this layer to the Color Blend mode so that anything I paint onto this layer will alter the color of the underlying image layer.
The way I want to alter the color is essentially to remove it and so I can paint with black which has essentially no color to it to remove the color. I'll choose the Brush tool on the toolbox I'll make sure that I'm working with a soft edge brush a zero percent hardness and that the Blend mode on the options bar is set to normal. We'll use the Color Blend mode for the layer itself, not for the brush. And I'll leave the opactity at 100%. I can then press the letter D on the keyboard to make sure the colors are set to the defaults, so that black is my foreground color.
I'll zoom in a little bit closer on the eye here, and adust my brush size. Using the left square bracket key to reduce the brush size, or the right square bracket key to increase the brush size. And then I can paint inside of the iris in order to strip out the color of that red eye. I'll make sure that I cover the entire pupil here, and that looks to be pretty good. I can then pan across the image to correct the color in the other eye painting over the entire pupil right to the edge of the iris there and there we go.
A pretty quick task here just correcting that color. But of course now instead of red eye, we have grey eye, and that's not going to work out all that well. So, we want to darken down the effect, for that, I'll use a separate layer. So, I'll add one more layer, I'll rename the layer to red eye darken and press Enter or Return, and for this layer, I'm going to change the Blend mode to Overlay. I'll then, once again, paint with black, and initially you'll see that the effect is far too strong. That's because I'm painting with the Overlay Blend mode, but I'm painting at a 100 percent opacity, so were getting a very dark result in the image. But well be able to tone that down very easily in just a moment, I'll go ahead and paint on both of the pupils here in order to darken them down. And then I'll pane across the image so that we can see both pupils, and I will reduce the opacity for my red eye darken layer.
I'll simply point to the word opacity and click and drag to the left in order to reduce the opacity. And I want a relatively dark pupil, but not too dark a pupil. So, maybe somewhere around there looks like it will work out okay. It's a good idea to zoom out a little bit, and perhaps a little bit at a time, to make sure that those pupils don't look too dark. I think in this case they might still be a little too dark, so I'll reduce the opacity a bit further. And right around there looks pretty good. So, you can see by using a two step approach, a very quick approach I might add we're able to very easily correct both the color and tonality issues that are exhibited by red eye.
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