If you’ve ever taken a photo with flash, chances are you’ve noticed some of the people in the photo appeared to have red eyes. The reason it occur is that the flash reflects at the back of an eye & bounce off of the person’s retina. It’s impossible to prevent it while taking a photo, but luckily software developers have come up with an abundance of red eye remover tools, which can be used to remove the red dot with just a few simple clicks.
Gimp is known for it’s robust features, and one of them is to remove the red dot using the fuzzy brush provided. Initially designed for Linux users because of a lack of free image manipulation tools, it has since been developed for Windows & Mac users. There’s a tutorial readily available online, all you have to do is to follow the few simple steps to get it done.
Windows Photo Gallery
You might not notice it, but Windows Photo Gallery can actually be used to reduce or completely eliminate red eye in your pictures. It comes preinstalled with all PCs, & yet users have not capitalize on it’s useful features. To do so, once you have started the program, click on the picture you want to use, & on the toolbar, click ‘Fix’. On the ‘Fix’ pane, click on the option ‘Fix Red Eye’. You can now drag a rectangle to cover the red eye area to change it to black colour.
There isn’t any need to make any modification, as it’s auto detection feature will search for the red eye & make any correction by itself. It will automatically balance the colour of the eye to make it look natural. If the end result is unsatisfactory, simply repeat the process until it reaches your expectation. This tool can process multiple photos instantly, which is good if you want to save time & hassle of optimizing every single photo.
If you’re away from home, how about giving this online tool a shot? Lunapic allows users to reduce the red eye effect by uploading photo to their server. After that, simply drag through the red eye area & Lunapic will instantly generate the result in real time. Do note that it’s a reduction tool, so you might have to repeat the process several times until it completely eliminate the red eye off your photo.
Vicman’s Red Eye Remover is another freeware that removes red eye from an image. Through the usage of advanced technology, it can be used to detect and fix red eye in the selected area.
Simply mark a rectangular area & Vicman will take care of it. If that isn’t enough, you can tweak the correction options such as the strength & darkening to see the end product in real time.