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Quick tip: Correcting red eye in Photoshop CS5

This is a call to arms (cameras) for all photographers. It matters not, whether you are an amateur, professional or semi-professional photographer, you all share one thing in common. The Holiday season is right round the corner and family members will be cajoling you into taking snaps of other family members in unsuitable indoor, low-light conditions! It's not such a bad thing, really... but there is one issue we've all come across and will probably encounter in a few weeks time... the dreaded red-eye look!

If you're a Photoshop CS5 user then knowing how to apply red-eye correction to family photos is a must! It is fairly easy to achieve. Here's how.

01 - What is Red-Eye?

Contrary to popular belief, and rather fortunately so, the demon-eye or red-eye effect is not caused by some pact with with the underworld. It is caused by the light from the camera flash being reflected back to the camera after bouncing off the blood vessels on the back of the subject's eye.

02 - Red Eye Tool

Click and hold on the Spot Healing Tool to access the hidden Healing tools. You'll find the Red Eye Tool positioned at the bottom of the list.

Click on it to select it.

03 - Auto Red-Eye Removal

If you click near the eye ball, Photoshop will search near the image and detect what it believes to be the red-eye area. It will then remove it automatically.

This can work quite well. But it depends on the image in question. Be aware that Photoshop may remove areas near the eye, especially if the subject is wearing certain colors of makeup.

Clicking directly on the red area of the eye ball will usually produce much better results.

With the red-eye removed, our subject now looks much more human again!

This is just one of many, many useful tips and tricks that can be found in Photoshop CS5 101 : Core Photoshop CS5 by Jim Kanter. Check it out!

Now, anyone know how to remove green-eye (often found in photos of our four legged friends... I'm talking about dogs of course)?

Rounik Sethi

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Rounik is the Executive Editor for Ask.Audio & macProVideo. He's built a crack team of professional musicians and writers to create one of the most visited online resources for news, review, tutorials and interviews for modern musician and producer. As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro Rounik has taught teachers, professional musicians and hobbyists how to get the best out of Apple's creative software. He has been a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University's Teacher training program, facilitating workshops on using music and digital media tools in the classroom. If you're looking for Rounik, you'll most likely find him (and his articles) on Ask.Audio & macProVideo.com.


Nov 07, 2012
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