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Reducing Red Eyes in Photos

Created by: Yuval Adam (Part 1: Retouch tool) & Doro Sensen (Part 2: Red-Eye Removal filter)
1. Retouch tool
2. Red-Eye Removal filter
This tutorial will show you two ways to reduce red eyes in photos: 1) Using the Retouch tool which was the only way to do it with PSP 5 and PSP 6 (which still works, of course!), and 2) Using the Red-Eye Removal filter that came with PSP 7.

Using the Retouch tool

Open the image you want to fix up.
Use the Zoom tool and zoom in to about 7:1. (When I captured these images I scaled them by 50% so they would fit for the page, that's why they look small, but yours should be bigger.)
Use the Selection tool with the following options:
Selection type = Ellipse
Feather = 0
Antialias = unchecked
Roughly select the red area (the pupil of the eye, which is supposed to be the black area). We will use this area only as a guide for the next step.
Now, using the Retouch tool, we will darken the selected area. Use the following options:
Shape = Round
Size = 1
Hardness = 0
Opacity = 100
Step = 25
Density = 100
Retouch mode = Darken RGB
The important thing here is to be careful not to make the pupil completely black, or it won't look realistic; thats why we're using the Retouch tool and not the Flood Fill tool, for example.
Repeat these steps for the second eye.

Deselect all the selections using Selections || Select None (Ctrl-D), bring the zoom scale back to 1:1 and – voilà!

Good luck!

Using the Red-Eye Removal filter

PSP 7 has got a built-in feature for the removal of red eyes in photos. Open up the image you want to fix and go to Effects || Enhance Photo || Red-eye Removal.
Zoom in until you've got the red pupil really big, adjusting the position of the photo in the right preview window so that one eye is centered in the window.
Select either "Auto Human Eye" or "Auto Animal Eye" from the Method drop-down box. (I've had good results with "Auto Animal Eye" for human eyes as well, by the way.)

If you're correcting an eye that is not wide open like here, you may get better results with choosing the "Freehand Pupil Outline" or the "Point-to-Point Pupil Outline" method.

Now, in the left preview window, click once into the red pupil. It will be selected automatically, and you have a control box around the pupil. Drag this box with your mouse so that it is exactly above the red pupil, and resize it if necessary by dragging the handles. You can see an immediate result in the right preview window.
Experiment with the other settings until the eye looks natural with its "new" pupil.

Probably the most important settings are the "Glint lightness" and the "Glint size", try to make the glint of the new pupil look like the one that you had in the red pupil, and maybe center it.

On the right side of the dialog box, you can alter the "Feather" and "Blur" values that decide how the new pupil blends into the rest of the eye.

If you are correcting the eye of a human, it may be the case that you have to add an iris. In that case, you should have chosen "Auto Human Eye" for the Method and can now add the iris by increasing the "Iris size", then choosing an iris from the "Hue" and "Color" drop-down boxes.

You can always see the immediate result of your changes in the right preview window, but better also click on the "Autoproof" button to see the changes in the photo at normal size to decide if the eye looks natural.
When you've changed the first eye to your liking you can directly work on the second one the same way. I have stopped here to let you see the "before and after effect". ;-))