Correcting Pet Eyes
By Michelle Bradshaw
The world of photography is amazing. Digital photography just blows me away as with a few clicks of the mouse [and a program] one can transform and/or adjust many flaws from the original photo.
Have you ever taken a photo of your beloved pet and their eyes look like this???
Even if you tried to use the ‘red eye’ tool in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements [which works…on occasion with people], have you noticed it doesn’t work on pet eye? I’m choosing not to get into the photography reasons of why, however hoping this tutorial will assist you in correcting those photos.
Let’s start first with duplicating the original photo. [Although there are always many ways to achieve results with Adobe, one thing remains constant—do not work on your original photo.]
1: Select the eye using magic wand, lasso, or elliptical marquee tool (your preference)
2: Hold shift key and click on the other eye. Select again.
3: In the options bar (top) set tolerance to about 20 and make sure the anti-alias + contiguous boxes are checked.
5: Menu>select >modify> expand, at about 2… and click – ok.
6: Menu> select > feather by less than above..in this example I chose -1.
7: Once here… ctrl [cmd on mac] J….then from the menu>enhance>adjust color> and hue/saturation.
8: Move the saturation all the way to the left. The eyeball will look sorta white [don't panic]. And click ok.
9: Menu>Enhance> adjust lighting>Levels
Then move the slider from the black side (L) part way toward the right
Until it looks good to you
When all is said and done…go to Layer [menu bar] and flatten the image, or just save as with a different file name so as not to destroy original data.
Here is the final result, a before and after.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please share your results.