Removing Red-Eye

An extract from Photoshop Elements Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts in easy steps

One of the most common problems with photographs of people, whether they are taken digitally or with a film-based camera, is red-eye. This is caused when the camera’s flash is used, which then reflects in the subject’s pupils. This can create the dreaded red-eye effect, where the subject can unintentionally be transformed into a demonic character.
Elements has recognized that removing red-eye is one of the top priorities for most amateur photographers, and a specific tool for this purpose has been included in the Toolbox: the Red Eye Removal tool. This is available in Expert or Quick edit modes:



The best way to deal with red-eye is to avoid it in the first place. Try using a camera that has a red-eye reduction function.



There is also an option in the Red Eye Removal tool for removing red-eye from pets.

Step 1
Open an image that contains red-eye

Step 2
Select the Zoom tool from the Toolbox



Step 3
Drag around the affected area until it appears at a suitable magnification. Select the Red Eye Removal tool from the Toolboxp71b_pe11
Step 4
Click in the Tool Options bar to select the size of the pupil and the amount by which it will be darkened




Red-eye can also be removed when images are being downloaded from the camera. This is an option in the Photo Downloader window.



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Click once on the red-eye, or drag around the affected area to remove the red-eye




Red-eye can be removed automatically by clicking on the Auto Correct button in the Red Eye Removal Tool Options panel.









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