Red Eye Removal

"Not just a late night!"

Red eye removal solves one of the biggest problems caused by flash photography - the reflection of the flash from the red blood vessels at the back of the eye.


Before modern digital imaging software was available, changing the red to black was a tricky and laborious process. Nowadays, it can be done with a couple of clicks of the mouse.

Red eye usually occurs when the pupil of the eye has opened to allow us to see more clearly in low light. When the flash fires a lot more of the back of the eye is visible than in normal daylight, when the pupil is much smaller.


SITUATION - A happy school reunion. Party atmosphere, lots of friends, refreshments, good music and subdued lighting. An ideal opportunity to take photos for the "Memories" album.

Red Eye Removal

If only the flashgun had not been on the camera, so close to the lens that its light reflected directly from the backs of the eyes.


Steps taken using Photoshop Elements version 5

If you have a different version or different software you will find that the techniques here will apply to your software even though the actual names and locations of functions may vary.

Red Eye Removal PE Screen 1

1 Red eye removal is an easy task using a special tool which is available with the image opened in one of the Edit windows.



Red Eye Removal PE Screen 2

2 Select the Red Eye Removal Tool from the left hand side or by pressing the letter y on the keyboard.



Red Eye Removal PE Screen 3

3 Position the mouse in the corner of one of the eyes, hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse across the eye to form a rectangle. Release the button and the eye will change from red to black.



Red Eye Removal PE Screen 4

4 Repeat step 3 for the other eye or try this alternative - position the mouse exactly over the red part of the eye and click the left button.



Red Eye Removal PE Screen 5

5 That's all there is to it.






Red Eye Removal

Remember to save the new image with a different name so as not to overwrite the original.

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This example is just one of the many ways in which Photoshop Elements or similar software can be used to help you make better photographs.

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