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Almost every photo can benefit from some enhancement, from exposure adjustments to cropping. In this course, author Rich Harrington shows how to improve photos using iPhoto. The course describes how to crop and straighten photos; remove red eye; improve exposure, color, and contrast; and refine images by retouching blemishes, removing noise, and adding special effects like vignettes.
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Chances are, you'll either have a lot of images with red eye, or no images with red eye. You see, it's all in how you set up your camera. Most cameras have options to help the flash cut down on red eye. Typically, red eye is caused by low light situations where the flash is bouncing off the back of the eye, and it's reflected into the camera. The way around this is to play with the delay or the sync settings on the flash, and it's usually just a split second. But most cameras have continued to tweak this setting, even automatically setting it, because nobody likes red eye.
However, if you end up with an image with red eye, you can easily fix it. Now, in this case here, I don't think I've actually shot a red eye photo in almost four years. This is my son, who you'll see more of later, and he's a baby here. That's the last time I had a camera that actually shot red eye, and my wife took this picture; that's why there's redeye. All right, let's zoom in. I'll press 2 to take it to 200%, and you'll see under the Quick Fixes tab is Fix Red-Eye. Remember, if you don't see that, just click the Edit button to open that mode. What you want to do with Fix Red-Eye is first of its going to attempt to automatically fix it, like it did there.
If you don't have the Auto box checked, it may go ahead and ask you. Now, in this case, you see that it's getting a little too much of the eyelash. Look very closely there at the eyelid, and you'll see that the Auto value is dripping into the light brown eyelashes causing a problem. So I'm going to do this the manual method. This target is a little too big, although it's still pretty forgiving. Let's undo. Using the left bracket key, you could size it, or just take the size slider here.
I favor using a smaller slider, and clicking a few times to get exactly the area that I want, and that allows you to tighten it up. You might go a little larger, but again, you don't want to too big, because you want to be careful about getting the surrounding skin. And you see there that that removed the red eye. Now, in this case, it's a little tough, but that looks pretty good. And I'll pull that back out. It definitely looks okay, and that image has the red eye fixed.
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