Fixing Demon Pet Eye in Photoshop Elements 6

July 1st, 2008 Photoshop Instructors

The red eye function in PSE 6 works pretty well for most human red eye problems but honestly doesn’t work very well for the demon pet eye problem. Adjustment layers can do the job for us.

Here is poor Bullet caught on the couch.

demon eye

Oh! He looks pretty evil doesn’t he? If you would like to use this image to work along, you can download the full sized one HERE. Save it to a safe place on your hard drive.

1. Open your photo in Photoshop Elements 6. Duplicate the photo and close the original. (Never work on the original of any photo.)

2. Zoom in really close (I’m zoomed in at 800% in the screen capture here) and use the Lasso Tool to select one of the eyes.

Select the demon eyes

3. Set the Lasso Tool mode to Add to selection and select the second eye.

add to selection

4. Now we’ll feather the selection a bit so that it isn’t too "stark" when we’re done. Go Select > Feather (or press Alt+Ctrl+D) to bring up the Feather Selection dialog box. Enter 2 for the Feather Radius. If you’re using your own image and it is much larger or smaller than this example image, you may need to adjust that number.

5. We’re going to need this selection more than once, so rather than redo it later we’ll save it. Go Select > Save Selection. When the Save Selection dialog box opens, ensure that New Selection is checked and enter a name for your selection. Click the OK button to save it.

6. On the Layers palette, click the Create adjustment layer icon and choose Hue/Saturation from the drop down menu.

hue and saturation

7. Push the Saturation slider all the way to the left to get rid of the color and click the OK button. The eyes will turn gray. The rest of the picture is untouched because only what is selected will be affected by our changes.

8. Select the Background by clicking on its label in the Layers palette and go Select > Load Selection. Choose the eyes selection and click the OK button.

9. With the Background still active, click the Create adjustment layer again. This time choose Levels from the list.

10. Push the black slider over to the right to darken the eye. For my image, I pushed it almost all the way over. If you are using a different image, you may need to adjust that.

adjust levels

11. (Optional) I felt that the eyes were still too light; not natural looking, so I went back to the Background, loaded the selection again and added another Levels adjustment layer to darken them up some more.

That is all there is to it! Not so hard eh? :) Here is sweet Bullet looking quite himself again:

All done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. To learn lots of fun things, come join us in the Photoshop Elements 6 Basics class here at LVS in the Fall.

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