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Part 3. Basic Photo Fixing > Removing “Green Eye” in Animal Photos

Removing “Green Eye” in Animal Photos

Fixing the animal kingdom's equivalent of red eye—usually green eye—is a bit more complicated, because Elements doesn't have a built-in tool to do the job. This method uses a special painting mode—Linear Burn—to enable you to change the eye color without eliminating the eyes natural highlights and shadows.

Choose a foreground color similar to the color the animal's eye should be, such as a dark brown for a dog.

Switch to the Brush tool.

In the Options bar, set the Opacity to 80% and the Mode to Linear Burn.

Paint carefully over the eyes.

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Handle With Care

Be sure to paint only over the green portion of the eye; if you tend to “go outside the lines,” turn to “Selecting Part of an Image” in Part 4 to learn how to mask off the portion of the photo that you don't want to paint.


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A Better Way

The best way to fix green eye is not to have the problem in the first place. Try getting an accomplice to attract your subject's attention so that the animal isn't looking directly at you when you take your shot. That way the flash won't reflect from the beastie's eyes.


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