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I must be doing something wrong. sometimes the red eye brush tool works and sometimes it doesn't work. can someone please tell me the proper way to get rid of red eye in a photo....

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    I must be doing something wrong. sometimes the red eye brush tool works and sometimes it doesn't work. can someone please tell me the proper way to get rid of red eye in a photo.
    George Guest

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    Do you mean that literally - sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't? Or do you mean that it seems to be more effective on some images than on others?

    If you mean it literally does not work sometimes, try deleting the Preference folder. That's the one where you have to do a search for both the Preference folder and a .plist file. I can't remember where they are in OS X, though. Sorry.

    If you mean that it seems to be more effective on some images than on others, you might need to change your technique. There was a very recent thread on using this tool. Some people have found good ways to deal with red eye through methods other than the red eye tool in Elements. Do a forum search for 'red eye' and I think you'll turn up quite a few options. What one person is very comfortable doing seems clunky to somebody else. You can read the various posts and see if you find something you like.
    Beth_Haney@adobeforums.com Guest

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    George,

    When the tool doesn't work is it possible that you are working on a different layer? As far as I know that is the only thing that would make it not work.

    Jim
    Jim_Hess@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Good catch, Jim. I forgot about that little detail - as I often do when editing my own images, too. Duh.
    Beth_Haney@adobeforums.com Guest

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    what I meant when I said sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't is it only works on the red part of the eye (red eye tool......duh) but on some pics the eye isn't completely red. perhaps I should try changing the eye color using the brush tool. I will do a search on the forum and see what I can come up with.
    George Guest

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    Yes, using a brush and a color and setting the brush opacity to something far less than 100% would be a good way to control the intensity of the change. That's one of the techniques people do use. Those of us who photograph our dogs usually have to use a method similar to this, because their eyes often come out a strange shade of yellow.
    Beth_Haney@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Yup, zoomer painter here.
    Jodi_Frye@adobeforums.com Guest

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    did a search of the forum and got a few ideas but so far nothing that has given me the results I want. my last try ended up making my grandson (4yr old) look like the "devil child", which when I think about it isn't all that far from the truth......LOL. guess I will just have to keep trying differant things until I hit on something that works. any additional advice/ideas would be appreciated.
    George Guest

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    George, I have the same problem with the TOOL. Some red eye fixable and some aren't (for me). I gave up on the tool. I have been selecting the pupil with my selection brush then going to the layer menu and selecting add adjustment layer and picking hue/saturation. I then used the levers to max out hue; min out saturation...sometimes this is enough...sometimes I go to red section and min out reds...sometimes I still have to go back to master and lower that lever down a touch. Ever so often I end up applying a little burn or using some black paint. What I am saying is you are going to have to improve a little on some photos. I like the selection hue/saturation method {evenif on occassion I apply in twice to get it right)best because I get a nice clean edge on the pupil and I keep that little reflective light in the eye. To me it's just cleaner and easier. Oh yeah, if I get a little out of bounds I'll use the clone tool to knock out any stray red. Hope this gives you some ideas.

    Terri
    Terri_Foster@adobeforums.com Guest

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    I have had trouble sometimes with our dog's eyes, so I zoom way way in, and work with the clone tool or just paint the color in, and usually it comes out pretty well. Sometimes I ruin the highlights and the reflection, so have to go back and zoom in and give it another try. With a bit of practise on several copies, you can make it look quite good. Try several times using different colors and methods. It is fun but took me a bit of time to get one right.
    Jane
    Jane_Carter@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Jane I found a tutorial with a technique by Mikkel Asland. It gave the way your doing it and another that incorporated using a glass layer style. I thought you might want to try it out.

    1. Magnify and zoom in on dog eyes
    2. Make a selection of the white areas of eye (dog eye)
    3. Make a new layer
    4. With new layer active, fill your two selections with black--
    or any clolor. (Edit>Fill or use paint bucket tool).
    5. In layers styles palette select glass buttons from pop-up menu.
    6. Choose the glass color. You can change the color later.

    He claims it will make the eyes look more realistic than straight out filling them. He says to change the color (that you just did with glass button) 1. Flatten your layers (layer>Flatten image. 2. Select red eye tool. select replacement color. 3. Click on are to change color and paint. I haven't tried this technique out yet but I figure it must be pretty good advice since it comes from Aaland.
    Terri_Foster@adobeforums.com Guest

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    On Tue, 11 Nov 2003 14:43:45 -0800, "George S. Forman"
    <net> wrote:
     

    Here's a quick procedure that I came up with that gives good
    results:

    1. Select the pupil using either the Lasso or Magic Wand tool (If
    Magic Wand was used, right-click and use "Grow" if necessary to select
    a slightly larger area)

    2. Right-click and select "Feather". Set "Radius" to 1 pixel, then
    "OK".

    3. From the main menu select "Enhance" - "Adjust Color" -
    "Hue/Saturation"

    4. Move the "Saturation" slider to left to desaturate color.

    5. Move the "Lightness" slider to the left until desired result is
    obtained.
    Ken Guest

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