How to fix bloodshot eyes with photoshop cs3

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How to fix bloodshot eyes with photoshop cs3
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Photoshop CS3 can do a host of amazing things to make you look better in photos. You can easily get rid of that annoying zit, change your hair colour or eliminate the bloodshot eyes you clearly display in a photo taken from that big party last night, or in a photo taken when your allergies were really bothering you. Often, you might just have red eye in the photo due to the lighting or flash at the moment the shot was taken. Since the eyes take up such a small area, they are one of the simpler body parts to manipulate with such a versatile graphics software program as Photoshop CS3.

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    Open Photoshop CS3 and the photo with the bloodshot eyes. Select the "Zoom Tool" (the very last tool on the right of the double column toolbar selections, which looks like a magnifying glass). Select the "+" magnifying glass and click and drag around the eyes to zoom to that area. If you have the "-" magnifying glass, either click on the "+" one along the top bar on the left side, or hold down the "Alt" key.

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    Select the "Polygonal Lasso Tool" by holding down the second tool on the left column of the toolbar (that looks like a lasso) and selecting it. Click continuously around the bloodshot area until you draw a line around it. Return to the beginning of where you started, to see the entire area you have outlined as the selected area to be manipulated.

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    Hold down the "Alt" key while clicking around any area you want to delete if it was mistakenly selected. Hold down the "Shift" key while clicking to select an area that you want to add to the areas to be manipulated. It is best to create an outline around the whites of the eyes on both sides to manipulate both areas at one time.

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    While in "RGB" Mode, open the "Hue/Saturation" window by holding down the "Ctrl" and "U" keys. Make sure the box next to "Preview" is checked so you can see how everything you are about to do is changing the selected area of the photo.

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    Move the "Hue," "Saturation" and "Lightness" bars up and down while the "Edit" section at the top of the window is under "Master" and/or "Reds." Generally, move the "Saturation" bar down and the "Lightness" bar up until the redness lightens and the whites of the eyes are more white or light grey instead of red.

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    Click on the "OK" tab when the whites of the eyes look more healthy and select the "Zoom Tool" again. Use the "-" magnifying glass to zoom back out and see the picture as a whole.

Tips and warnings

  • To look more natural, be careful not to take too much colour out of the whites of the eyes. Do not bring the "Lightness" bar too far up. The whites of the eyes should be slightly shaded and not totally void of any colour or shade at all.

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