Red eye is a common issue that occurs when your photo subject's retina is illuminated by your camera's flash. 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.
Remove 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.
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 let the background automatically fill in.
Remove spots and unwanted objects
Photoshop Elements has several tools that let you remove small flaws, such as spots or unwanted objects, from your images.
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.
Uses the pixels around the edge of the selection to find an image area to use as a patch for the selected area. If this option doesn’t provide a satisfactory fix, choose Edit > Undo, and try the Create Texture option.
Uses all the pixels in a selection to create a texture for fixing the area. If the texture doesn’t work, try dragging through the area a second time.
Click Sample All Layers to apply your change to all layers of the image.
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 from a photo. Photoshop Elements compares nearby image content to seamlessly fill the selection, realistically maintaining key details such as shadows and object edges.
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 computer configuration. You can see the PhotoShop Elements system requirements for the recommended computer 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 imperfection when you drag over them. You can remove objects from a uniform background, such as an object in a field of grass.
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 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. The filter image grid for Correct Camera Distortion helps you make easy and accurate adjustments.
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.
Automatically remove haze
Remove haze, fog, or smog from a photo
You can now remove the dampening effect that environmental or atmospheric conditions have on your pictures, particularly photos of landscapes. Using the Auto Haze Removal feature, you can reduce the masking effect that haze, fog, or smog creates.
To use the Auto Haze Removal feature:
- Open an picture in Photoshop Elements, in the Quick or Expert modes.
- With the image open, click Enhance menu > Auto Haze Removal.
The image is processed and the effects of haze or fog are reduced. Repeat Step 2, to further process the photograph.
Auto Haze Removal works better on uncompressed/raw images.
Manually remove haze
An alternative to automatic haze removal
Use the Haze Reduction and Sensitivity sliders to achieve the right level of haze reduction that you need.Low levels of haze removal applied
Haze removal applied until the picture is clearer
Remember that using too much of either of the sliders may result in an image with high levels of contrast or minor imperfections in the photograph getting magnified. Play with both sliders till you get the right result.