How to Remove “Red Eye” From Your Digital Photos Using GIMP

This guide will show you how to remove the “red eye” that often happens in digital photos using the free and open source image editor, GIMP.

Yesterday one of my roommates (Chris) finally got to meet one of his idols – Tori Amos. The pictures turned out great, but one of them came with the dreaded “red eyes”. 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. If it isn’t already installed on your computer, head over to the GIMP download page (link will open in a new window/tab) and download/install GIMP. GIMP is available for Windows, macOS and Linux.
  2. Launch GIMP and then open your photo. Select the rectangle tool.
  3. gimp rectangle tool

  4. Draw a rectangle around the red eyes.
  5. gimp rectangle tool selecting red eyes in a photo to remove

  6. Now select Filters -> Enhance -> Red Eye Removal…
  7. screenshot of the gimp filter to remove red eye
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  8. 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.
  9. gimp red eye removal threshold

  10. The changes will be applied to your photo.
  11. changes applied to a photo in GIMP

  12. 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.
  13. result of remove the red eye from photos

  14. And the finished product – ta-da!
  15. chris and tori with the red eyes removed
    click to enlarge


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