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Two Techniques for Correcting Red Eye

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Red eye correction is a very common retouching request. Red eye happens when light from a camera's flash is reflected from the rear surface of a person's eye and back to the camera. Luckily, it's pretty straight-forward to correct. In this short video tutorial you'll learn to two techniques for correcting red eye: one quick and basic, one slightly more advanced.

I'll start by showing you how to use the Red Eye Tool in Adobe Photoshop, and then show you a manual method that you can use as an alternative. I'll explain the pros and cons of each method, and show you the results so that you can compare them.

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Note the baby's red eyes. Photo by deluna dot com, CC BY 2.0

The source file for the example image in this tutorial, shown above, is available on Flickr or as an attachment here (on the sidebar) for you to follow along.

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