Removing Redeye from Photos

I don’t often see red-eye when I take pictures of people, because I generally keep the camera flash disabled and instead adjust the aperture & shutter speed to make the subject bright enough.  And because I rarely have to deal with red-eye, when I do encounter it I always just manually remove it (using Gimp of course).

But if you have to fix the redeye in multiple photos, doing it manually is a big pain.  So tonight I googled and found a sweet Gimp script that automates the redeye removal process, making it quick and easy.  (That page first describes the long, manual way to do it, then at the bottom provides the script to automate the whole process.  The script at the bottom is what you want -- just follow the instructions that say to download it to your ~/.gimp/scripts/ directory, and then it’ll appear in Gimp on the Script-Fu menu under Selection -> Red Eye.)

Kim has a few really cute photos from this weekend; here’s one that I removed the redeye from.  This is the super laser-beam death-ray eyes version:

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And here’s the fixed version:

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Posted by Anthony on 6 replies


01. Mar 14, 2005 at 02:43am by andy:

google’s picasa software works well for getting rid of red-eye as well, doesn’t have batch capability though.

02. Mar 14, 2005 at 02:53am by Anthony:

Cool, I’m sure picasa is more accessible for most users than Gimp.  (And the Gimp script I was referring to doesn’t do batch-removal either.)

03. Mar 14, 2005 at 03:18am by andy:

the way that’s worded sort of makes it sound like the ’script’ makes it a batch process for doing multiple photos, unless i just suck at reading

04. Mar 14, 2005 at 03:31am by Anthony:

No, it’s not a batch process for doing multiple photos.

My wording could have been more clear: it’s automated in that you don’t have to manually draw an oval around the eye, and then darken or paint-over the redness.  All you do is tell it where the redeye is (select any small region within the red) and then run the plugin from a menu, and it automatically draws the oval selection and does the color adjustment.  It does everything except auto-discover the eyes, which is what a batch process would need to do to fix multiple photos automatically.

05. Mar 14, 2005 at 01:35pm by Tasha Moyer:

More importantly, where are the rest of the cute pics??

06. Mar 15, 2005 at 10:25pm by Anthony:

They’re right here, piping hot.

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