In this lesson you will learn how to make the correct red-eye correction.
Despite the fact that in Photoshop, starting with version CS2, the Red Eye tool appeared, his work leaves much to be desired. It makes all eyes equally gray and lifeless, often working unpredictably. Therefore, if you want to learn how to perform high-quality retouch of portrait shots, the method described below will be very useful to you, since it provides greater flexibility and complete control.
So let’s get started.
Step 1. Open our image.
Copy it to a new layer by dragging on the icon indicated in the figure, or pressing CTRL + J.
Select the Red eye tool.
Use the following settings: pupil size 50%, dimming value 70%
Step 2. Apply the Red Eye tool on the copy layer.
A little detail: to limit the search for red pixels, select the area of the eye, and then use the tool.
This is the result.
We will use it as an auxiliary.
Step 3. Change the blending mode of the upper layer to Difference (Difference).
Here is what we will see. This is the difference between the pixel layers.
Step 4. Make a copy of the reduced layers. To do this, press the long key combination CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + E.
Then we delete the copy of the layer on which we got rid of red eyes. To do this, drag the thumbnail of the layer to the trash icon.
Name the top layer Red eyes.
Step 5. Change the blending mode of the upper layer to Difference (Difference).
We will see an image in which the red-eye effect is adjusted, but not the way we need it.
Note the Red Eyes layer with a color. To do this, right-click on the eye icon and select a color.
Step 6. Make the background layer invisible by turning off the eye icon and go to the Channels palette
Activate the red channel by clicking on its thumbnail, then press CTRL + A to select it, and CTRL + C to copy to the clipboard. Next, click on the RGB channel thumbnail to activate all channels (A).
Then go to the layers palette (B).
Step 7. Make the background layer (A) visible, remove the Red Eyes layer (B), and create a new adjustment layer (C) Hue / Saturation.
Name the layer, say, Correction. Mark it in red.
Step 8. Click on the mask thumbnail while holding the ALT key, then press CTRL + V to paste the image from the clipboard into the mask.
Step 9. Double click on the thumbnail of the adjustment layer to open its dialog box. Shift the saturation and brightness sliders to the leftmost position.
As a result, we get the following
This happened because our mask is not sufficiently contrast.
To customize a mask, click on its thumbnail, then press CTRL + L to bring up the dialog box. Levels (Levels). Shift the right slider as shown.
Now the mask contrast is improved.
Step 9. This is the result.
As you see, we can control and make adjustments at any stage, getting the result we need.
I wish you creative success!