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So, here is what I want you to do. Make sure that you can see Max’s eyeballs to start with here. This is my eldest son, the one over on the left hand side. And then go over to this band aid icon inside the toolbox which is the spot healing brush. We will see how that works later. Click and hold on it. That will display a fly out menu of alternates and go ahead and choose the final alternate tool which is the Red Eye Tool. This tool is designed to wipe out red eyes.
Let me give you a sense of how it works. I am going to zoom in here on Max’s left pupil, his right and I will just click inside the pupil and notice what happens. It changes it from red to black. Done! That is all there is to it. If this pupil had had a highlight, it would leave the highlight in place, that is all there is to it. Very easy tool to use.
In fact, you do not even have to be that careful. Check this out, you can click outside the pupil if you want to. As long as you get in the vicinity of the iris, you can click like right here or I will undo that and I can click down here or I could click over here. It is amazing. It still gets rid of it.
Now, if you are clicking way off, like I click over here by his nose, I am not going to get the eye and in fact I just changed the little circular area down there in his nostril. That sort of gives you a sense of what is going on here. The red eye tool hunts down the closest area of red that is inside of an ellipse and adjusts it.
Basically, it removes the saturation values, it darkens the color and so on and that get rids of red eye. So, it is a very simple tool. But there are ways to adjust the performance of the tool. I am going to go down here to this baby, to the cousin, and I will click outside the eye up at the top here. You can see that things did not go so well this time. It looks like kind of a comet.
We got the pupil turning black though not quite all of it, we still have a hint of red down on this area here and then we have sort of this trail of black going into the iris. Not quite so successful.
How might we go about eliminating this particular red eye? Well, there are few other things to work with this tool. One is to marquee around the pupil, around the area you want to change. And to draw this rectangular marquee, you just drag with the tool. So, just drag around the portion of the eye that you want to change and release.
That still, however, leaves a little bit of red. It does a good job of getting rid of that trail but it still leaves actually an awful lot of red around the bottom of the pupil. So, one way to work. Another thing I could do is adjust the numerical values up here in the options bar. Notice, there are two values. One is called pupil size and one is called darken amount.
Now, the pupil size is not expressed as a number of pixels or something if you might expect but rather is a percentage. A percentage of what, is the question. Well, it turns out to be a percentage of the iris. So, Photoshop is going in there and trying to figure what white. It is looking for a circular area and it notes there is the iris and how much of that iris am I going to try to neutralize and change to a different color--change from red to black.
Well, it does not want to go too big because if it neutralizes all of the iris, for example, it will get rid of whatever the color of the eyes are which is the good side. You can only get rid of the blue eyes, for example. However, in this case, it is not going as far as it should, so I am going to Max’s value out. I am just going to go ahead and set it up to 100% in this specific case. And then I will try dragging around the pupil again and this time, it does a better job.
Alright, I am going to go ahead and restore that pupil size value to 50% like it was originally. I will show you a little trick. To change the first option inside the option, all you have to do is press the “Enter” key to access that option or the “Return” key on the Mac and that will highlight that value and then I will just change it to 50% then you can tab inside the values, inside the option bar