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Chapter 7. Retouching Portraits > Canceling Red-Eye

Canceling Red-Eye

Red-eye is that awful reddish reflection off the retinas that you get when the flash is located too close to the taking lens. The effect is sometimes yellowish or greenish in animals. The best way to get rid of it is to neutralize the red color and clone over any excessive brightness the reflection caused. The photo we used in the last project also has some red-eye, so we can use it to remove this effect.

  1. Zoom in on one of the eyes, as shown in Figure 7.33.

    Figure 7.33. Zoom in on one eye to make fixing the red tone easier


  2. Enter Quick Mask mode and carefully paint to select the pupil of the eye.

  3. Exit Quick Mask mode.

  4. Choose Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation to produce the dialog box shown in Figure 7.34.

    Figure 7.34. Set the Saturation to zero, and reduce brightness until the red-eye effect vanishes


  5. Move the Saturation slider to the left. This removes the red color from the pupil.

  6. Move the Lightness slider to the left; this darkens any reflection, making the pupil effectively black again.

  7. Repeat for the other pupil.

  8. You may want to select the iris around the eye and lighten it, which may be necessary with some cases of red-eye. If the red-eye extends beyond the pupil, you may also need to clone some iris pixels to replace those lost in the red glare.


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