How to remove red-eye from your digital photos using GIMP

Yesterday one of my roommates (Chris) finally got to meet one of his shero’s – Tori Amos. The pictures turned out great, but one of them came with the dreaded “red-eye”. This tutorial will walk you through the steps to remove red eye from your digital photos using the GIMP image editor.

chris and tori with red eyes

  1. Launch GIMP and then open your photo. Select the rectangle tool.
  2. gimp rectangle tool

  3. Draw a rectangle around the red eyes.
  4. gimp rectangle tool selecting red eyes

  5. Now select Filters -> Enhance -> Red Eye Removal…
  6. gimp filter for removing red eye
    click to enlarge

  7. The Red Eye Removal tool will pop up. Use the Threshold scroll bar to adjust the eye color as you see fit. Click OK when you’re done.
  8. gimp red eye removal threshold

  9. The changes will be applied to your photo.
  10. gimp red eye removal

  11. Use the Zoom feature if you need to remove red eyes from someone who also has red hair (or a wig) that’s getting in the way. You can even select one eye at a time.
  12. gimp red eye removal closeup

  13. And the finished product –
  14. no more red eyes
    finished product – click to enlarge

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Insomnic December 4, 2007, 10:20 am

    Excellent. Simple and to the point. I like it.

    If only that word didn’t hurt so much – “shero’s”.

  • Ross McKillop December 4, 2007, 10:20 pm

    @Insomnic –

    Duly noted.

  • jesterj75 December 11, 2007, 1:09 pm

    Hi, gret post. Can you tell me which version of Gimp you are using. My version does not have the red eye option.

  • Karel September 14, 2008, 4:18 am

    It really helped me out!

  • ycel November 24, 2009, 9:53 pm

    great… it works on me.. thanks a lot

  • LAPoloPlayer January 18, 2011, 6:10 pm

    Easy & Painless. Thank you.

  • jamie marchant November 19, 2017, 7:56 am

    Well that was incridably easy. Thanks :).

  • Chris Knight January 3, 2018, 7:53 am


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