By far the most commonly requested photo alteration is the removal of "red eye." Heres my process for doing so. Though there are many ways to do this, I find this way versatile and allows me the most options and control while keeping the integrity of the image.
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1. Open Photoshop
2. Open your image
3. Duplicated your Background Layer
- File > Open... :: Ctrl+o ::
- Right Click on Background > Duplicate Layer...
- Click OK in the window that comes up
- Be sure the New Layer is selected (its the one on top)
- Doing this allows you to alter a version of the image thats not the original. Its a good habit to get into, since being non-destructive allows more options for later modifications.
4. Zoom into the image so you see just the eyes
5. Feather your selection
- Zoom :: magnify glass or 'z' ::
- Select your Lasso :: lasso or 'L' ::
- Set Feather to 1
6. Lasso a circle around a red pupil, then hold shift and circle the other pupil
- Lasso :: lasso or 'L' ::
- Click and drag a circle around a pupil
- Hold down Shift, then click and drag around the other
7. Desaturate the Red eye
- Image > Adjustments > Desaturate :: shift + ctrl + U ::
8. Adjust the Levels to darken them back up
- Image > Adjustments > Levels... :: ctrl + L ::
- Adjust the middle Arrow (see image below) to the left, till they look dark, but NOT completely black
- **Note** I tend to go between .6 and .45
- Click OK in the Levels window
9. Saving the Image back as a JPG
- File > Save...
- Navigate to wherever you wish to save the image
- Name the File
- In the Format dropdown select JPEG
- Click Save
- A JPEG Options window pops up, here you can adjust the save quality
- **Note** I recommend Quality = 9
10. And your Done...