How To 

How To Use The “Red Eye" Tool In Photoshop

Photoshop obviously possesses a wide array of tools and commands at its disposal that could potentially correct the common problem of “red eyes” caused by flash photography. Despite this, the software has delegated this issue to one simple tool to make the process of red eye removal as simple and easy as possible. Here’s how you use it.

1. Zoom in on the problem area.
As with any touch up that involves fine detail, you’ll want to zoom in on the red eyes you’re trying to correct in order to make this process easier and more accurate. To do this, simply select the zoom tool and click on the area adjacent to the red eyes to zoom in. You can also zoom by hitting Cmd and + (or Ctrl and + on Windows) and drag to desired area by holding space as you click on the image.

2. Open the “Red Eye" Tool.
This is usually located in the same tool menu as the “Spot Healing Brush”, right under the eyedropper tools. If it’s not already available, simply right click the “Spot Healing Brush” (or “Patch” or “Content Aware”) icon and select the “Red Eye Tool.”

3. Adjust the “Red Eye Tool” parameters.
These are located in the options bar above the workspace. You have two settings here: “Pupil Size,” which dictates how much of the eye area will be considered the pupil; and “Darken Amount” which sets how darkness level for the replaced color. You should change these according to the distance of the flash and the natural color of the irises, respectively.

4. Apply the “Red Eye" Tool.
You can either click the eye area directly or define the eye area by dragging a box over the sample area. Depending on the intensity of the red-eye, you might need to play with both of these methods as well as reconfiguring the settings in the options panel.