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By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Deke's Techniques #15: Correcting red-eye like a pro

Wait, fixing red-eye like a pro? True, professional photographers, with their fancy equipment, probably don’t end up with glowing-eyed subjects very often. But the fact is if you’re using the camera at hand, and it happens to be a compact device with the flash and sensor in close angles to one another, anyone might end up with red-eye in their portraits. And what Deke demonstrates in this week’s technique is how to fix red-eye like a pro. That is, a professional Photoshop retoucher.

And yes, this involves avoiding Photoshop’s red-eye tool altogether. Deke starts by showing you how to create a nuanced mask using the Calculations command and painting with an overlay brush to select the subtle outlines of a blown-out pupil. Then he employs the Channel Mixer to rid the eyes of their redness. The result, as you can see below, allows for nice dark pupils with nothing but the spark of a natural spectral highlight. (And along the way, you get a cool zombie-like effect during the mask creation process.)

Each week, Deke offers up a new technique that’s free to everyone. And members can view the entire collection of Deke’s Techniques (including some exclusive members-only episodes) inside the Online Training Library®. If you’d like to see more about masking, members can also check out Chapter 26 of Deke’s Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery course. And we’ll see you all back next week for another free Deke’s Technique.

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