Photoshop Tip #1
(Red Eye)
as learned best by Dan Margulis

For those of you who love to take photographs, that have photoshop on your
computer... a little tip for removing RED EYE. If you know how to do it cool.
Just trying to be helpful in a simple procedure for those who don't.

First things first. I am going to tell you how to do this by command keys to take up less space.

If you know how to do this a better way then that's great. Once
learned using only key commands this process can take a matter of 30 seconds
to do. I will be typing command/control -I or something similar and to make sure
you understand, Command is being used for Mac users, Control is being used for
PC users
, Command -I does not mean you type a - and the I. Only two keys are
pressed together, the command key and the I key... :) so there's no confusion,
It just allows for better visually reading it.

Palettes to have open are: You can find these under the Windows menu across
the top of your screen (mac) or the Adobe Photoshop window where the file is
open (pc). If it says hide next to the palette you want open, the palette is floating
somewhere on your screen. Photoshop 7 uses a check mark next to open palettes.

Tools <- for those who don't know quick keys to the tools
<-folders in one palette My preference is to have channels/layers/paths in the same palette window., channels are what we are going to be working with on this excersize.
<- for photoshop 7 or Version 5..5 or earlier...
Please don't be on one of the 5.5 or older version users... 7 is the best. :) Version 6
has the brushes and options docked under your menu bars both platforms.
History <-incase we mess up we can always go back to the original (if unable to undo)

You should have the file open, and zoomed into the area of the red eye, ready to go. If you do not and want to do a sample I have supplied, click here to download a sample file.
You can circle the red spot using the lasso tool and then feather that selection
and skip the next 2 paragraphs. GOTO 2. But sometimes the airbrush works well, for it is a
circle shape same as the red eye, and it already has a soft brush for the feather.
Just case you took a good high res digital picture.

1. Mac or PC platform - hitting the letter q will switch you into quickmask
mode. version 6 and older select the airbrush tool. 7 users... select the
paint brush and click the airbrush icon in the docked pallette under the menu
bar. You will notice across the top of the open file window it should say
B2.JPG @ whatever%(quick mask). You can hit the q key a couple of times to
see it switch from RGB to Quick Mask while watching the window. Neat huh?
:) Make it say Quick mask.

With black as your foreground color, paint over the red part in the center of
the eyes using the airbrush. Don't do into the color area... just the red
shade. It should have changed the color over those spots. hit the q key
again to get us out of quick mask mode. For those that never did any of this
before and have never changed the default of photoshop then you will have
just selected the outside of that spot.

hit command/control -delete. That fills your background color in the color
you have set. if the red spot is still on your screen then the wrong thing
is selected... easy fix. command/control -z will undo what you just did. we
need to inverse the selection by hitting shift-command-I or shift-control-I
and it will then have the center of the eye selected.

(SIDE NOTE: I like to do it this way because the airbrush is a round tool
and the red eye is a round shape, not to mention, reading all this may seem
like a lot but once you see it done or do it a few times... you'll see it is
easy as cake. and I am trying to be as thorough as I can so you shouldn't
have any questions. I will help you if you need it though... don't
hesitate to write.)

2. marching ants going around the red spots in the eyes? Good.
command/control -1 will select the Red channel (found in the channels
palette). If the image went gray and looks strange you're doing it right.
pull down the Image Menu and scroll down to Apply Image. [You can set this
as an action if you wish. I'm not going into that. You are on your own. :)
It's easy to do though.]

Window appears on your screen says
Source:(your-file-name).JPG or .jpg
Layer: Background
Channel: Green (you may have to click and drag down to Green)
Blending: Normal (you may have to click and drag down to Normal)
Opacity: 100% (Leave at 100% but you can change the opacity to
80% or 90% and see what it does. But I like to use 100%
almost all of the time.)

Once you finish doing that, before you click ok, you can click on the
preview button below the OK and Cancel button and see it change from light
to dark. Clicked on it should be darker now. Click OK.

Now the last thing you do is hit command/control ~ (this is the key next the
the 1 key across the top. You don't have to hit the shift key to make it a
real ~ but it just means that key.)
Should be back to normal view and Viola!
The red eye should be gone. You can command/control -z and watch it switch
from red eye to clear... this is where sometimes it's good to change that
opacity. It is purely your choice how it looks to you.

Good luck and Happy retouching.

Tray "The Wizard" Nichols