The Red Eye Removal tool removes red eye in flash photos of people. Illumination of the subject's retina by the camera's flash causes Red eye. You’ll see it more often when taking pictures in a darkened room because the subject’s iris is wide open. To avoid red eye, use the camera’s red-eye reduction feature, if available.
Precisely remove red eye
To automatically fix red eye when you import photos into the Elements Organizer, select Automatically Fix Red Eyes in the Get Photos dialog box. You can also remove red eye from selected photos in the Photo Browser.
Correct red eye by selecting an eye (top) or clicking an eye (center).
Removing the Pet Eye effect
The red-eye removal tool enables you to remove the reddish glow in the eyes, due to reflection of light (resulting from low ambient light or the use of a flash). For animals, the eyes glow white, green, red, or yellow, and the often-used red-eye removal tools may not fix the effect correctly.
Golden retriever with the pet eye effect (left), and after applying the Pet Eye tool (right)
Video: Using the Pet Eye option in the Red Eye Removal Tool
See how to remove green, yellow, and other “pet eye” discolorations as easily as you remove red-eye in photos of people.
Move and reposition objects
The Content-Aware Move tool allows you to select an object in your photograph and move the selection to a different location, or extend it.
(left)The original photograph
(middle)The kite has been positioned closer to the ground
(right)The kite has been moved higher into the sky
Video: Moving objects with Content Aware Move
Easily move objects in a photo and and have the background automatically filled in.
Remove spots and unwanted objects
The Spot Healing Brush quickly removes blemishes and other imperfections from your photos. You can either click once on a blemish, or drag to smooth away imperfections in an area.
Easily remove spots or imperfections using the Spot Healing Brush tool.
You can remove unwanted objects or figures from your photos without destroying the photos. Using the Content-Aware option with the Spot Healing Brush tool, you can remove selected objects constructively from one photo. Photoshop Elements compares nearby image content to seamlessly fill the selection, realistically maintaining key details such as shadows and object edges.
Image before and after an unwanted object (the brush) is removed with content-aware fill
Spot healing works best on small objects. If the image you're working on is large and has a large unwanted object, make sure that you work with high-end machine configuration. If you experience problems with large images, try the following approaches:
- Draw smaller brush strokes at a time.
- Downsample the image.
- Increase the RAM allocated and relaunch the application.
Fix large imperfections
The Healing Brush fixes large areas of imperfections when you drag over them. You can remove objects from a uniform background, such as an object in a field of grass.
Before and after using Healing Brush.
Determines how the source or pattern blends with existing pixels. Normal mode lays new pixels over the original pixels. Replace mode preserves film grain and texture at the edges of the brush stroke.
Sets the source to use for repairing pixels. Sampled uses pixels from the current image. Pattern uses pixels from the pattern you specify in the Pattern panel.
Samples pixels continuously without losing the current sampling point, even if you release the mouse button. Deselect Aligned to continue using the sampled pixels from the initial sampling point each time you stop and resume painting.
- Drag the image over the flaw to meld existing data with sampled data. The sampled pixels meld with the existing pixels each time you release the mouse button.
If there is a strong contrast at the edges of the area you want to heal, make a selection before you use the Healing Brush tool. Make the selection bigger than the area you want to heal but precisely follow the boundary of contrasting pixels. When you paint with the Healing Brush tool, the selection prevents colors from bleeding in from the outside.
Correct camera distortion
The Correct Camera Distortion dialog box enables you to fix common lens distortion problems, like darkened edges due to lens faults or improper lens shading. For example, in a picture of the sky taken in low light, the corners of the image are darker than the center. Changing the vignette amount and midtone settings fixes the distortion.
Adjust distortions due to vertical or horizontal camera tilt by using the perspective controls. Rotate an image or fix image perspective to adjust distortions. Correct Camera Distortion filter’s image grid helps make easy and accurate adjustments.
Correct camera distortion
Corrects lens barrel or pincushion distortion. Type a number in the box, or move the slider to straighten horizontal and vertical lines that bend either away from or toward the center of the image.
Sets the amount of lightening or darkening along the edges of an image. Type a number in the box, or move the slider to gradually shade the image.
Specifies the width of area affected by the Amount slider. Move the slider, or type a lower number to affect more of the image. Type a higher number to restrict the effect to the edges of the image.
Corrects image perspective caused by tilting the camera up or down. Type a number in the box or use the slider to make vertical lines in an image parallel.
Type a number in the box or use the slider to correct perspective by making horizontal lines in an image parallel.
Rotates the image to correct for camera tilt or to make adjustments after correcting perspective. Type a number in the box or drag the angle dial to rotate the image to the left (counterclockwise) or right (clockwise).
Adjusts the image scale up or down. The image pixel dimensions aren’t changed. Type a number in the box or use the slider to remove blank areas of the image caused by pincushion, rotation, or perspective corrections. Scaling up effectively results in cropping the image and interpolating up to the original pixel dimensions.
Use Photomerge Group Shot
For a video about Photomerge features, see www.adobe.com/go/lrvid2342_pse9_en.
For best results, pick the multiple images used to create a Photomerge Group Shot from the same photo session.
To correct the alignment of multiple photos, click the Alignment Tool, place three markers in the source image and three markers in the final image, then click Align Photos.
Note: Photomerge Group Shot uses auto alignment. Use the Alignment Tool only if the automatic alignment didn’t produce the expected result.
Photomerge Group Shot window
Use Photomerge Scene Cleaner
Use Photomerge Scene Cleaner to create the perfect scenic photo from multiple photos. For example, you can eliminate unwanted elements like tourists that inadvertently wandered into the scenery.
For best results, use images from the same scene taken from the same angle.
(Optional) If there’s a problem with the photos aligning properly, click the Advanced Options arrow to access the following:
Corrects the alignment of the multiple photos. Click the Alignment Tool to place three markers in the source image and three markers in the final image. Drag markers to similar areas in each photo and then click Align Photos.
note: Photomerge Scene Cleaner uses auto alignment. The Alignment Tool should only be used if the automatic alignment didn’t produce the result you want.
Photomerge Scene Cleaner
A. Dragging a photo to the Final window B. Using the Pencil tool to the mark area to be replaced in the Final window C. Result in the Final window