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How To Remove Red Eye In An Image

opening image of red eyes
Sample Red Eye In A Photo

In this tutorial I will show you how to effectively remove red eye from an image. The image I am using in this tutorial needs to be edited because the girl’s eyes appear red due to the camera flash reflecting at the back of her eyes. The tools I will use are, the colour replacement tool, the burn tool and the blur tool.


Step 1: Open Adobe Photoshop and import the image you want to edit.

Step 2: Use the zoom tool to zoom in closer on the girl’s eyes.

zoomed in on red eyes
Close Up Of The Red Eyes

Step 3: Make sure the foreground and background are black and white.

choosing colours
Colour Picker For The Foreground



Step 4: Select the colour replacement tool and set the size to approximately 15 pixels. Set the sampling to background swash. Then begin to click and drag on the red part of the eyes.

udsing colour replacement tool
The Colour Replacement Tool In Effect

Step 5: Select the burn tool and set the size to 25 pixels and select the mode “shadows”. Click and drag over the pupils.

using the burn tool
The Burn Tool In Effect

Step 6: Select the blur tool and set the size to 5 pixels and the strength to 15%. Click and drag around the outside of the pupils to make them look smoother.

using blur tool to smooth out the eyes
The Blur Tool In Effect

Click here to see our How To Remove Green Eye Tutorial.