Jan 20, 2015

How to Remove Red-Eye in Photoshop

You wont believe how quick and easy it is to remove red-eye in Photoshop! Learn how to fix those creepy pupils in today’s episode!

Text-align: left;”>The Problem

Red-Eye occurs when a photo is taken with a flash that is too close to the subject. This is very common for on-camera flashes for that reason. To avoid the problem altogether, try using a larger flash such as a speedlight. Or, photograh in natural Light instead.

Text-align: left;”>The Solution

Click on the Spot Healing Brush Tool and go down to the bottom of the menu to select the red-eye Tool. This Tool works best when set to a 50% pupil Size and a 50% Darken amount. Click and drag around the eye, and let go. Voila! That’s all there is to it, folks.


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    And this is why I love Phlearn. I’ve used the Red Eye Tool many times before, but apparently incorrectly. I’ve always just clicked in the middle of the red pupil instead of clicking and dragging. Whoops!

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    red eye tool.
    awesome new description bar of phlearn.
    I have request can you please make it?
    can you show how to make concert poster/ society event poster etc.
    i love to learn from you.

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    Mal Furlong

    Funny enough I do struggle with ‘green eye’ in pets (and silver eye). Any tips?

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    Joe Borrello

    Agree with below, the “white eye” or “silver eye” in animals (see attached photo) is not affected by the red eye tool. I have tried to black it out manually (similar to your tutorial on how to blacken a persons eyes), but it would be nice if there was some hack to make Photoshop fix it as easily as it does red eye.

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    So simple if you know what you are doing. Thanks for showing us where these tools are.

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    You are the best Teacher i’ve found ever. You are just Awesome brother… i love u and ur style of teaching..

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    David Cardoza

    I don’t understand what I am doing wrong. I have PS CC 15.5.1 I know where the tools but when I drag it around my eye, nothing happens…please let me know if I am doing something wrong!! Thanks

  • David

    Great tutorial! I am having an issue with mine. I have PS CC 15.5.1 and I know where the tool is. When I drag the red eye tool over my subjects eye, nothing happens. Please let me know if I am doing something wrong…thanks

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    Robby Knieriem

    Your soup sounds delicious and the best part is it is never the same twice! Sorry to hear about the carpal tunnel and the nerve…hope that doesn’t mean surgery is in your near future.Your BTB SAL looks great! I have not started mine yet.

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    Bo Buchanan

    Sorry, but this comment is useless to me as well. Based on what I see on your site -and what I’m seeing in this “Tutorial” – this site is not for beginners. Firstly – what version of Photoshop are you proposing the answer to? Since the menus and options change regularly with new releases – this information would keep me from hunting around regularly. Secondly – it would be great if you gave more detail. Like – what and where is the spot healing brush tool? It took me another 10 minutes poking around on the web to figure that out. Once I figured that out, your comment that the red eye tool “is at the bottom of the menu” was very vague. Which menu? The brush menu? The blur menu? The mode menu? I’m working in 2017 and it wasn’t in any of those. But then I found it on the side pop-out brush menu. Of course -it is blacked out and I can’t select it as an option – so I’ll spend more time looking for that.

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    Hi Nathan!
    Loved your clip about how to remove red eye. Unfortunately for some reason my flash mirrored back rather green / blue in my attached photo – so much for there is no such thing as a green eye… 🙂
    Since the healing tool is based on the eye being red, it doesn’t do anything to this photo.
    Any idea how to heal things like this?
    Kind meows
    No great photo – but snapshot for an important documentary for a local rescue – hence I’d like to tweak it as best possible.

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