How to Get Rid of White Eye in Photos

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How to Get Rid of White Eye in Photos
Paint into the whites of the eyes and remove any sign on white eye. (pet dog resting image by JitHon from

White eye is a term used to describe the glaring white or green eye reflection in a photo of an animal -- it is also known as pet eye. Not only can it look quite scary and unsightly but it can also really spoil photos of any wild animals or your beloved pets. Get rid of white eye by using an image manipulation program.

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Things you need

  • Image manipulation software

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    Open the image of the animal with white eye in your PCs image manipulation program such as Photoshop or GIMP. Do this by clicking on the "File" and "Open" command toolbar options -- select your file and press the "Open" button to load the photo.

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    Zoom in to the affected eyes with the image software's zoom tool -- usually represented as a magnifying glass. Zoom in by at least 300 per cent. This should make the eye bigger and easier to edit.

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    Use the "Magic Wand" or "Selection" tool, depending on your software program, to select the white areas of the eyes. Click on the tool's icon and click inside the white area of one eye -- a marching ants border should appear around the white of the eye. Press the "Shift" key and click inside the other white eye to select both.

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    Smooth the border of your selections by refining. Do this by using the "Refine Edge" option of your image software -- increase the "contract/expand" value to 100 per cent and also input a "feather" value of 1. This will smooth the edges of the selection between the eyes and the background.

  5. 5

    Create a new layer with the eye selections. Do this by holding the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard and pressing the "J" key -- this will enable you to edit the eyes on a separate layer to the original photo.

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    Select the "Paintbrush" or "Brush" tool and choose a small brush size such as two pixels. Choose to colour in black and paint into the whites of the eyes by clicking and dragging your mouse. Don't worry about painting outside the selection borders because it is on a separate layer, which means that it will not affect the original photo background.

  7. 7

    Decrease the opacity of the black-eye layer by 10 to 90 per cent. This will ensure that the newly-painted eyes are not pitch black or too dark and will look more natural. Your photo should no longer have white eye, so continue to edit the image as you wish before printing.

Tips and warnings

  • Contact your family doctor or GP if you see white eye in a photo of a child. White eye reflection can signal the early signs of anesometropia, leukocona, retinoblastoma and Coats' Disease -- some of these can cause permanent blindness if left untreated.

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