If you’re reading this article, you probably have red-eye in one of your photos. Adobe’s desktop version of Lightroom actually has a red eye correction tool, but unfortunately mobile does not. However, it’s actually fairly easy to do it manually.
- Open Your Photo (obviously)
- Zoom In on the Eyes (get really close)
- Select the brush tool (circle icon w/ dotted lines)
- Paint over red area (but not anywhere else!)
- Play with saturation until it looks right
Keep scrolling if you want more detailed steps with pictures and whatnot.
Extremely Detailed Steps
A short list not enough? Here are all the steps with photos to show you what to do.
Zoom in on the Eyes
First up, zoom in on the eyes. Get REALLY close, like uncomfortably close. This will allow you to be a lot more precise with your brushwork.
Select Brush Tool
Next, you’re going to select the masking tool on the bottom. It looks like a little circle with dotted lines around it. Next, hit the big plus sign and choose brush. Choose your brush size (you’ll likely have to lower it a bit from the default to get a precise circle).
Paint over the Eyes
Next, you’ll just carefully paint over the red part of the eyes. Nothing else! If you paint elsewhere, you might make things look real weird. The “mask” will paint red, which may be slightly tough to see, but keep going.
After painting, hit the color button on the bottom and reduce the saturation until things start to look right. You can even experiment a bit with the tint/temp sliders if needed. If the edges of the eyes are still red, re-select the masking tool and keep drawing over them until they look right.
Preventing Red-Eye (in future pics)
And that’s it. Keep in mind that this method isn’t perfect, however, as the best way to avoid red eyes is to, as I mentioned, just not shoot a flash directly into your subject’s eyes (bounce it if you can, or diffuse it with a white paper/tissue).
Red eye in photographs is a common issue, but only in specific low-light/bright flash conditions. It happens when the camera flash reflects off the subject’s retina, often giving their eyes an unnatural (and frankly unsettling!) red glow.
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