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Repairing red-eye

From: Photo Restoration with Photoshop

Video: Repairing red-eye

There are a lot of ways to fix the dreaded red eye in your photos, such as the much-maligned Red Eye tool, channels, channel mixers, masks, adjustment filters. Well, there are probably as many ways to fix it as there are people fixing it. As with any given problem you're repairing in Photoshop, we'll go over to the easiest today: Black & White adjustment filter and the Red Eye tool. We'll start with the Red Eye tool. First thing you will want to do when you use this is duplicate your original layer using Ctrl+J on a PC, Command+J on a Mac.

Repairing red-eye

There are a lot of ways to fix the dreaded red eye in your photos, such as the much-maligned Red Eye tool, channels, channel mixers, masks, adjustment filters. Well, there are probably as many ways to fix it as there are people fixing it. As with any given problem you're repairing in Photoshop, we'll go over to the easiest today: Black & White adjustment filter and the Red Eye tool. We'll start with the Red Eye tool. First thing you will want to do when you use this is duplicate your original layer using Ctrl+J on a PC, Command+J on a Mac.

The Red Eye tool resides over here with your Healing brushes; it will be down at the bottom. The default settings for the Red Eye tool are 50% Pupil Size, 50% Darken Amount. Let's zoom in using Ctrl+Plus or Command+Plus on this image and move it over, so we can see both eyes. We use this default setting first to show you what happens. Select far away from the red, and you'll see that there's still a lot of area around it that it didn't cover.

Now we'll go up here and we'll change the settings to 100% Pupil Size and bring the Darken Amount up to 75 or so. We can adjust those at any time, the Darken Amount, if you need to, and we'll try this area. Now, that made it a lot darker, and again you can adjust the Darken Amount as you see fit, but there's still a ring around it. And it also looks pretty unrealistic there.

If you want something that looks a little more realistic--zoom back in here--you can try a Black & White adjustment filter. Let's hide this layer and go down to this half-black half-white circle, create a new fill or adjustment layer, and choose Black & White. Now you want to do now is go over to your Brush tool and adjust your brush size using your open and close bracket keys. So it goes over the entire pupil.

You want to go up and check your Hardness setting and make sure it's at 100% and then click on the pupil. Now what you want to do is invert your mask by using Ctrl+I or Command+I. Make sure that your mask is selected when you do this. You can see that it didn't fill out the whole thing, so what you need to do, if you want to adjust this, is go down to your foreground and background colors and invert them, and you can go and fill in the areas that didn't get filled in so well.

Now the next thing you want to do is go up to your Defaults in your Black & White adjustment and scroll through them. I am going to use the downward arrow key on my PC. You'll see the Blue filter is very, very dark, and the Darker is a little bit lighter, a little more natural looking, the Green filter lighter. The High Contrast Blue is horrible. Actually I like the Darker filter, so we're going to stick with that. And the next thing you want to do is go over to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Now the reason you want to do this is just to soften the edges a little bit. If you're zoomed in, you have your eyeball right here in your viewing window, so you can kind of see how much you're blurring it and also look over here to see what effect it's having--just a little bit, 3, 3.5 the most. This is getting a little too soft. There: 2, 2.5, 2.4 is good. Now let's click OK and compare the Black & White adjustment to the Red Eye tool.

The Black & White adjustment looks just a bit more natural. Bring that out here. Now let's look at both of them again. There's the red eye. There is your Red Eye tool with both settings and your Black & White adjustment layer, and that's actually much better. Now of course you do your other eye; you wouldn't leave one red. But now you know how to do it and what would look best. We've gone over just two ways to remove red eye and there are many more. Like I said before, there are as many ways to fix a problem in Photoshop as there are people fixing them, and most of the methods have merit.

The trick to any given way is to experiment with settings and adjust them to get the best possible result for your image.

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Photo Restoration with Photoshop

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  1. 1m 33s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      13s
    3. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 16m 47s
    1. Customizing your workspace
      2m 17s
    2. Using layers
      1m 58s
    3. Assessing the damage
      1m 52s
    4. Rebuilding color channels in a grayscale image
      3m 47s
    5. Using a Black & White adjustment layer
      1m 57s
    6. Using the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, and Patch tools
      4m 56s
  3. 27m 30s
    1. Fixing a faded black-and-white photo
      2m 20s
    2. Removing small splits, specks, and spots
      3m 44s
    3. Repairing red-eye
      4m 58s
    4. Reducing paper texture
      4m 34s
    5. Reducing dot patterns in printed photos
      3m 51s
    6. Fixing lens distortion
      4m 19s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      3m 44s
  4. 24m 16s
    1. Fixing large rips, tears, and other damage
      3m 9s
    2. Removing long scratches
      3m 24s
    3. Fixing creases
      5m 8s
    4. Stitching large photos using Photomerge
      3m 17s
    5. Reassembling torn photos
      4m 56s
    6. Replacing missing pieces
      4m 22s
  5. 27m 55s
    1. Removing stains
      3m 48s
    2. Removing ink marks
      2m 34s
    3. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a black-and-white photo
      2m 14s
    4. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a color photo
      6m 1s
    5. Fixing mold damage
      5m 20s
    6. Reducing starburst light glare
      5m 11s
    7. Reducing eyeglass light glare
      2m 47s
  6. 21m 32s
    1. Understanding the basics of levels
      2m 50s
    2. Understanding the basics of curves
      3m 29s
    3. Finding the black, white, and gray points in an image
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting color levels by channel
      1m 58s
    5. Making selective contrast adjustments
      4m 48s
    6. Adjusting image shadows and highlights
      4m 59s
  7. 18m 13s
    1. Adjusting color with the Photo Filter adjustment
      2m 23s
    2. Correcting color casts using inverse color correction
      3m 2s
    3. Correcting color problems using the Color Balance adjustment
      3m 19s
    4. Correcting color casts using the Variations command
      3m 55s
    5. Correcting color by combining levels and curves
      1m 44s
    6. Improving color by adjusting the hue and saturation
      3m 50s
  8. 33m 14s
    1. Removing distracting elements
      5m 35s
    2. Repairing and recreating backgrounds
      7m 43s
    3. Extracting areas using masks
      5m 5s
    4. Matching colors in elements you add
      4m 11s
    5. Matching textures
      4m 45s
    6. Replacing facial features and missing body parts
      5m 55s
  9. 29m 59s
    1. Converting to black and white
      4m 48s
    2. Enhancing faded color
      3m 30s
    3. Smoothing a subject's skin
      4m 2s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white photos with duotone
      2m 34s
    5. Enhancing the eyes
      4m 10s
    6. Bringing out facial features with light
      5m 22s
    7. Sharpening
      5m 33s
  10. 32m 32s
    1. Assessing the damage
      1m 26s
    2. Repairing the crack
      1m 52s
    3. Replacing the missing body parts
      3m 5s
    4. Removing the specks, spots, and scratches
      3m 7s
    5. Fixing the missing corner
      1m 14s
    6. Lightening the stains
      5m 22s
    7. Restoring the faded tone in the face
      3m 8s
    8. Balancing the tone in the image
      1m 58s
    9. Evening the color with a Black & White adjustment layer
      49s
    10. Cleaning up the image
      2m 24s
    11. Adding definition to the face
      2m 20s
    12. Softening the image
      58s
    13. Sharpening the image
      2m 4s
    14. Bringing back some of the original tone
      1m 34s
    15. Comparing the image before and after
      1m 11s
  11. 24s
    1. Final thoughts
      24s

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