How To Remove Redeye in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a very useful piece of software, which makes editing and adjusting photos very simple. There are a number of touchups which can be applied to your photos almost instantly, with no more than a few simple mouse clicks. Redeye is a major problem for many people, which is caused because of the flash bouncing off the retina of the eye.

Correcting problems with redeye doesn't need to be difficult. With a few simple tips, you will be able to easily banish redeye from your photographs so that it never causes any further problems. This is a very common problem for wedding photographers who need to take lots of pictures of different people as quickly as possible.

There are plenty of ways to avoid redeye occurring in the first place, however, this isn't helpful if you already have a photo with redeye. Fortunately, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom makes fixing redeye very simple.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Photoshop Lightroom
  • Digital Photograph

Step 1: Open Your Photo

The first thing that you will need to do is open Photoshop Lightroom and then load your photo. If you want to remove the redeye from a photo that you have printed out, then you will need to first scan this into your computer. Scanning a photo into your computer is very easy, and it can then be opened in Lightroom in the normal method.

Step 2: Select the Develop Module

The develop module contains lots of useful tools which can be used to improve, touch up and correct your photo. The develop module can be accessed by clicking the Develop section which is at the top of the screen next to Library. Once you click this, all of the panels will change to show the tools which can be used to touch up the photo.

Step 3: Select the Red Eye Tool

Now, you need to click on the redeye removal tool; this is positioned under the photo in almost the middle of the ribbon. It looks like a circle with a red dot inside it, which is supposed to be a red eye. Hovering over it for a seconds with your cursor should reveal exactly what it is.

Step 4: Zoom

To remove the redeye properly, you will need to zoom right into the image so that the eyes are in view. Zoom in as normal and then pan around the image by holding down the spacebar key and dragging with your mouse.

Step 5: Use the Redeye Tool

The redeye tool works in pretty much the same way as the redeye removal tool in Photoshop. Click and drag a box around the pupil and the redeye will automatically be removed. You will then need to repeat the process on any other eyes in the photo.

Step 6: Adjust Settings

The pupil size and darkness can be adjusted if necessary. Simply click inside the box of the redeye adjustment that you want to change and the box will turn white to show that it's selected. It's then possible to change the pupil size and darkness by dragging the sliders at the bottom of the screen.

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