Remove red-eye

Taking a picture using a flash can result in red pupils in people’s eyes. You can use iPhoto to significantly reduce the appearance of red-eye or remove it completely.

Note:  Animal pupils tend to photograph as green or yellow, so the Red-Eye tool doesn’t work on them.

To reduce red-eye:

  1. Select the photo and click the Edit button.

  2. If the Quick Fixes tab (at the top of the Edit pane) isn’t selected, click it.

  3. Click Fix Red-Eye.

    If iPhoto detects faces in the photo, it removes the red-eye for you. If the red-eye disappears, skip to step 6.

  4. If red-eye is still apparent, drag the Size slider until the circle is the same size as the red-eye area.

    You can fine-tune the size by pressing the Left Bracket ( [ ) and Right Bracket ( ] ) keys.

  5. Position the circle over the red-eye pupil, and then click. Repeat this step for all other red-eye pupils in the photo.

    Image of red-eye tool placed over a red pupil

    Tip:  At the smallest size, the circle changes to a crosshair. When you position the crosshair over a pupil, iPhoto detects the red area, so the red-eye should disappear with one click.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • To save your changes, click Done.

    • To leave red-eye view without saving your changes, press Escape (Esc).

    • To cancel all changes made during this edit session (in any of the Edit panes), click “Revert to Previous.”

      Note:   If you’ve made only one edit, the button is labeled “Revert to Original.”