Super-Fast Red Eye Removal

Lots of times the subjects in your photos have red eye. This is caused by using a flash. Without getting into it too deep I'll explain why.

The intense bright light that's given off by the flash hits the back of the eyeball and reflects back into the camera lens.

The red color comes from the light passing through all the tiny blood vessels that nourish the eye.

But never fear because you are the proud owner of Photoshop Elements, which can easily correct this problem. Just follow these 5 easy steps…

Open your own image and follow along

Zoom way in on one of the affected eyes by using the Zoom tool (shortcut: Z) and dragging just around the eye

Click on the Red Eye Removal tool in the Toolbox (shortcut: Y)

Click once on the red area of the eye. If one click doesn't fix the problem, go to the Edit menu and choose Undo (PC: Control>Z, MAC: Command>Z). Then try dragging over the red area of the eye with the Red Eye Removal tool

If the results still aren't satisfactory, go to the Edit menu and choose Undo (PC: Control>Z, MAC: Command>Z). Then you can go to the Options bar where you'll find 2 settings to adjust before trying again

  1. Pupil Size: Tells Photoshop Elements how much area of the eyeball to consider the pupil.
  2. Darken Amount: Tells Photoshop Elements how much to darken the results. Use a smaller amount if the results are too dark.

Here's the before and after:

That wraps up this Photoshop Elements tutorial on how to fix red eye. See more Photoshop Elements tutorials by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

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