I want a red eye!

Started Jan 13, 2013 | Questions
Trevor Carpenter
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I want a red eye!

Photographing coots is challenging with basically two colors black and white. Losing the feather texture or bleaching the beak is far too easily done. I class this one a reasonable effort but there is a third colour, the red eye which is hardly visible.  Does anybody have a suggestion how I can bring out the eye subtly just enough to know it’s there while keeping the rest of the shot intact.

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Priscilla Messinger Senior Member • Posts: 2,992
Re: I want a red eye!

It looks like your focus wasn't on the eye, but on the back. Also, there is not enough light on the head. Not your fault, of course, as you had to deal with the lighting conditions and the position of the bird.

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Allen Gerdes Veteran Member • Posts: 5,635
Re: I want a red eye!

Besides bringing up the color of the eye using a curves adjustment layer and mask, I also denoised using Topaz Denoise, added some contrast and adjusted highlights and shadows using Topaz Adjust, and brought out a little more detail with Topaz Detail.

Regards....Allen

faith2 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,270
Re:Very nice edit, Allen!! re: I want a red eye!

Allen Gerdes wrote:

Besides bringing up the color of the eye using a curves adjustment layer and mask, I also denoised using Topaz Denoise, added some contrast and adjusted highlights and shadows using Topaz Adjust, and brought out a little more detail with Topaz Detail.

Regards....Allen

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Re: Thanks Lois (nt)

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Pixel Poetry
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Re: I want a red eye!
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Used Lightroom to increase luminance and saturation to red.

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faith2 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,270
Re:Chris, another fine edit. re: I want a red eye!

Pixel Poetry wrote:

Used Lightroom to increase luminance and saturation to red.

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Thank you Lois (nt)
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Re: I want a red eye!

I have PSE 11. It seemed like a straight forward way was to select just the eye with the round selection tool, increase the red saturation, then increase the brightness - I guess similar to what the LR reply said. I don't know how this bird should look so what follows is probably over the top, but the sliders could be adjusted as required. Anyway, I understood you to say that you didn't want the rest of the photo messed with, so the selection tool seemed like the way to go.



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Sailor Blue
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Re: I want a red eye!

In Photoshop zoom in then select the eye using the Elliptical Marquee Tool.  Hold down the Shift + Alt keys to keep the selection round and expand it from the center of the eye.  You can simultaneously press the Space key to move the selection while creating it.

I feathered the selection by 1 pixel the created a new layer containing only the eye by pressing Ctrl + J. I reset the Blend Mode to Screen, which brightens but doesn't effect the color of the eye. You can duplicate this layer again if you want it even brighter.

Flatten if you want or just do all the other edits you want such as levels, noise reduction, etc.

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Michael Edward Rudge Veteran Member • Posts: 7,073
Re: Lovely shot, I just tweeked it a bit

In PS sc2, I changed to CMYK and adjusted the levels, then sharpened 1 step, popped on a border.

Thanks for the play

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Re: I want a red eye!

Thanks to everybody especially Pixel Peeper and Michael, who I thought did extremely well at getting the subtle change I was looking for.

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Re: Lovely shot, I just tweeked it a bit

Michael Edward Rudge wrote:

In PS sc2, I changed to CMYK and adjusted the levels, then sharpened 1 step, popped on a border.

Thanks for the play

Michael North Wales

Excuse my ignorance why does changing to CMYK help? Do you change it back after?

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Michael Edward Rudge Veteran Member • Posts: 7,073
Re: Lovely shot, I just tweeked it a bit

I seem to get more control over the color range, when adjusting levels, then change back to RGB to post it on dp

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