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.
- 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.
- Launch GIMP and then open your photo. Select the rectangle tool.
- Draw a rectangle around the red eyes.
- Now select Filters -> Enhance -> Red Eye Removal…
- 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.
- The changes will be applied to your photo.
- 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.
- And the finished product – ta-da!