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Devil dog

By Hazelmouse  
OK, not a particularly good picture but a record of my growing puppy. Used onboard flash and as you can seee the eyes are dire!

I have PSE 9 & latest LR.

I would appreciate suggestions as to the best way of correcting this. (I know I should have fetched the flashgun but....)

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paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 3:47PM
You give us no info to go on. You can clone back in a black pupil and some software will do it for you semi. Automatically. This is a family record for you and will serve the purpose admirably. Ideally, you needed a slightly brighter image with the dogs head sharp.

A good tip for more dramatic results is to'fill the frame'.


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Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 4:56PM
A lovely shot !!!!.....great little pooch !!

I've done a mod. just to squeeze a bit more out of the shot...all done in PSE 8 !!.Smile
Hazelmouse 11 376 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 5:16PM
Thanks for the mods. Do I take it that the solution is simply to clone the eye back in as the correct colour?

I can do that but thought there might be something I was missing.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 7:32PM
I will leav ethe red-eye removal to the expertsWink

It don't half remind me of the advert that is doing the rounds at the moment
The one with the dog and his faithful chum, who is about to be dropped in the binSmile

Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 7:58PM
Hi Helen......I just made a tight selection of the 'blue' eyes, & put it on a separate layer...then completely desaturated the colour out of it.

Then using the paintbrush paint black (with a low opacity...10%) back into the eyes till it looked 'normal', then painted in white to add the hi-lites.......

All this is done with the image at 100% on screen, with the brush only 3 or 4 pixels wide.......flatten the image to apply.

Can't think of any other way, though someone else may have a different solution ????.Smile
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
20 Jan 2013 7:40PM
Hi Helen.

Heres how to fix the eyes properly.

Use a black brush, zoom in, and paint in the blue, and only the blue, with black. This is what the red-eye reduction tool in PS does; except it maintains a catchlight in the eyes, and this has removed them.

So flatten the image. Zoom in, and with a 2 pixel white brush simply touch in a catchlight in the appropriate place in each eye. A simple 5 minute job.

Ive uploaded a mod with this exact procedure done, and Ive also tweaked the shot overall.

Hope this helps,


Hazelmouse 11 376 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2013 2:11PM
Thanks loads everyone, puppy occupies much time at the moment but at least I know what to practise for the future!

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