Demonic Pet Eye? Vanquish it Easily!

Repairing Pet Eye

Is your cat or dog looking a little demonic in his or her latest photo? Here’s how to tame “pet eye” in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements!

Photos of people can have red eye if you don’t use the red eye prevention on the camera. The same thing happens to pets. While Photoshop has a red eye tool that works pretty well to get rid of red eye in people, pet eye is not red, but green or yellow, and the red eye tool doesn’t work very well to remove it. Here’s what you can do to get rid of pet eye.

Before

Start by selecting the pet’s pupil with the Magic Wand tool. Then hold the opt/alt key and click on the highlight in each eye to remove the highlight from the selected area.

select

Expand the selection by 1 pixel (Select > Modify > Expand, and enter 1). Click OK.

Go to Layer > New Layer via Copy or cmd/ctrl + J to copy the selection to a new layer.

Desaturate the layer (shift + cmd/ctrl + U) to remove the color.

In the layers palette, click the Lock Transparency button. This will prevent the color from getting out of the pupil in the next step.

Lock Transparency

Choose the Brush tool (B) in the toolbox. Choose a small soft-edged brush in the Options Bar and set the foreground color to black.

Set these options in the options bar: Paint Mode: Darken at 76%-80% opacity.

Brush Settings

Paint over the pupil to darken. Because you did not have the highlight selected, it did not copy to the new layer, so it will remain visible when you darken the rest of the pupil.

To finish, go to Layer > Flatten Image. That’s all there is to it!

Pet eye repaired

3 thoughts on “Demonic Pet Eye? Vanquish it Easily!”

  1. Thanks! It worked perfectly. The only other thing I did was to use the blur tool to soften the edges of the new pupil.

  2. The other solutions I’ve found don’t result in a natural appearance but this is an excellent fix! Thanks so much for sharing!

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