It's the perfect picture... except it's been ruined by those unsightly, glowing red eyes from camera flash. It's happened to us all; and fortunately, it's fairly easy to correct. Follow these simple steps to remove red eye from your photos using any version of Photoshop.
Time Required: 5 minutes
- Open the image.
- Go to Image > Duplicate and close the original.
- In Photoshop 6 or earlier, go to View > New View. In Photoshop 7 go to Window > Documents > New Window. This will open a duplicate window of the same image.
- Zoom one of the windows so that you can see the eyes as large as possible. Set the other window view to 100%.
- Arrange the two windows so you can see both the zoomed view and the 100% view at the same time.
- Create a new layer.
- Use the eyedropper to pick up a color from the iris of the eye. It should be a fairly gray tint with a hint of the eye color.
- Paint over the red part of the eye on the new layer, being careful not to paint over the eyelids.
- Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian and give it about a 1 pixel blur to soften the edges.
- Set the layer blend mode to Saturation. This will take the red out without removing the highlights, but in many cases it leaves the eyes too gray and hollow looking.
- If that's the case, duplicate the saturation layer and change the blend mode to Hue. That should put some color back in while still preserving the highlights.
- If the color is too strong after adding a Hue layer, lower the opacity of the Hue layer.
- When you're happy with the results you can merge the extra layers down.
- If you need to darken the pupil area, use the burn tool. It should only take a couple of taps with the burn tool to darken the pupils.
- Before merging your layers, use the eraser tool to clean up any overspray from painting outsideof the iris.
- Watch an animated demonstration of how to remove redeye in Photoshop.
- This technique works in Photoshop 4 and up, including Photoshop LE and Photoshop Elements.