Mar 17, 2009

Remove red-eye from your digital pictures with IrfanView

IrfanView is a popular free image-editing program that lets you make a number of useful edits to your digital photographs. Although it's nowhere near as powerful as Photoshop, it's still a handy tool for simple photo editing tasks. One of its great feature is red-eye reduction. If you have an image where your subject has glowing red eyes, here's how you can fix it:

1) Launch IrfanView
2) Under the File menu, choose Open and open the file you want to edit
3) Move the scroll bars on the right and bottom of the IrfanView window to find the red eyes you wish to correct
4) Draw a small box around the red eye with your cursor
5) Under the Image menu, choose "Red eye reduction" (or simply hit CONTROL-Y)
6) Repeat steps 3-5 to correct any other red eyes in the image
7) Under the File menu, choose "Save As...", give the file a new name, and then hit OK

In step 7 do not hit "Save" -- be sure to hit "Save As..." -- that way you won't permanently change your original image file -- instead you'll create a new file. That way you can always go back to the original image if you decide later that you're dissatisfied with the modified image.

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