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How to Remove Red-Eye in Photoshop

by Aaron Nace
January 20, 2015

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!

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 speed-light. Or, photograph in natural Light instead.

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.


Step-by-Step Tutorial

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Open the Samples Images in Photoshop

First, place an image of a subject into Photoshop by going to File and Open… or by dragging and dropping the files into the workspace.

Using The Red-Eye Tool

Red-eye appears when a harsh flash on a camera is used in a darker environment, which is directed towards an individual. The flash produces light, which then shines directly into the subject’s pupil, bounces off the back of the eyes, and then reflects back into the camera.

To avoid the subject having gold eyes in images, use a speed light or try bouncing the flash off of the room to soften the lighting. If the environment is still too dark, try repositioning the subject in a naturally lit area to prevent the unnatural red-eye effect.

On the left side of the workspace, locate the Tool Bar.

Within the Tool Bar, locate the Spot Healing Tool, which can be identified by a band-aid shaped symbol.

Select the Spot Healing Tool with the mouse and notice more selections appear within the Spot Healing Tool.

At the bottom of the side tab, select the Red-Eye Tool.

The Red-Eye Tool is identifiable by the plus and eye shaped symbols.

Locate the top of the workspace.

Set the Pupil Size to 50% and Darken Amount to 50%.

Now, click and drag the mouse to form a square around the pupil.

Position the square so the pupil is in the center.

Once positioned, release the mouse.

Notice how a natural white spot has replaced the gold spot in the center of the eye.

Now, click and drag the mouse over the other eye, while using the Red-Eye Tool, so both gold eyes are now white eyes.

Now, the subject’s eyes are naturally glowing eyes.

Duplicating A Tooth With The Clone Stamp Tool

Notice how the subject’s tooth is missing in the image. The Clone Stamp Tool is an effective tool, which can sample any area in the image, which then can be duplicated multiple times in the image.

Zoom in closer to the subject to view the subject’s teeth by hitting Z on the keyboard to select the Zoom Tool.

Simply click to zoom in and Option or Alt and click to zoom out.

Create a New Layer by hitting Shift + Option + CMD + N or Shift + ALT + CTRL + N on the keyboard or locate the New Layer symbol at the bottom of the Layers Panel which is identifiable by a square with the folded corner.

The new blank layer will appear as Layer 1 in the Layers Panel above the Background layer.

Locate the Clone Stamp Tool, which is located in the Tool Bar on the left side of the workspace.

Select the Clone Stamp Tool by hitting S on the keyboard or by selecting the brush symbol in the Tool Bar. The Clone Stamp Tool is located underneath the Red-Eye Tool, which is identifiable by a stamp shaped symbol.

If the size of the clone stamp brush needs to be made larger or smaller, hit the [ or ] on the keyboard to resize the brush to the desired size.

Position the mouse over the corner of the tooth that needs to be duplicated.

While Layer 1 is selected, simply hold Option and click the corner of the tooth to select the source point of the clone stamp.

Once the source point is selected, release Option.

Now, position the mouse where the tooth is missing.

Click and drag the mouse to reveal a clone of the selected tooth.

As the mouse moves, notice how the source point is duplicated.

Flip Horizontally

Select the Move Tool by hitting V on the keyboard or by locating the very first item in the Tool Bar, which has four arrows pointing in different directions. This symbol represents the Move Tool.

Click and drag the subject’s tooth left or right until positioned in the desired spot.

Notice that the cloned tooth is located on Layer 1.

Now, position the tooth near the desired area.

Select the Free Transform option by hitting CTRL + T or CMD + T on the keyboard.

Notice a window will appear around the tooth.

Position the mouse over the tooth and right click on the tooth.

Within the side tab, select Flip Horizontally.

Notice how the tooth has been flipped horizontally.

Change the Blending Mode to Lighten

Notice how the dark areas around the tooth selection are covering the teeth around it.

The Lighten Blend Mode is a helpful Blending Mode, which will make anything that is dark, not visible and keep the light areas visible.

Locate the Layers Panel on the right side of the workspace.

In the Layers Panel, the Blending Mode for the Hair Detail layer is currently set to Normal.

Change the Blending Mode from Normal to Lighten.

Now, while using the Move Tool, position the tooth to the desired area.

Inspect the area around the tooth so that the blending appears natural.

To remove any spots from the tooth clone layer use the Eraser Tool or a Layer Mask.

Option 1: Blending with the Eraser Tool

To use an Eraser Tool, located the left side of the workspace where the Tool Bar is located. The Eraser Tool is located underneath the Clone Stamp Tool, which is identifiable by a tilted half filled rectangle shaped symbol.

Select the Eraser Tool by clicking or by hitting E on the keyboard.

Simply click and drag the mouse to erase the unwanted areas.

Erase until the tooth is blended in naturally.

Option 2 : Blending with a Layer Mask

To create a Layer Mask, locate the bottom of the Layers Panel.

While Layer 1 is selected, select the symbol with the rectangle with a circle in the middle. This symbol represents the Layer Mask. The Layer Mask allows information to temporarily be erased or recovered at any time.

Now, notice how a white layer has appeared next to Layer 1.

To hide unwanted spots around the tooth, locate the left side of the workspace where the Tool Bar is located.

Within the Tool Bar, the Brush Tool is located underneath the Eyedropper Tool and is recognizable by a brush shaped symbol.

Select the Brush Tool by clicking or by hitting B on the keyboard.

If black is not already selected as the foreground color, locate the bottom of Tool Panel.

Notice how there are two colored boxes.

The color on the top represents the foreground color and the color beneath it represents the background color.

This is the Default Foreground and Background Colors button.

If the colors are not set as black as the foreground as the background and white, simply click on the symbol or hit D on the keyboard, which will apply the default colors.

Locate the top of the workspace and customize the Brush options as desired.

Once the desired Brush settings are selected, click and drag the mouse over the unwanted spots while painting with black.

Notice how the areas painted with black in the layer mask disappear.

To make hidden areas of the layer mask visible again, hit X on the keyboard to change the foreground to white.

Simply click and drag the mouse over the areas desired.

While white is selected, click and drag the mouse over the desired area.

Once the tooth is naturally blended in, hit Option or ALT and click to zoom out on the keyboard to view the finished product.

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