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Andromeda RedEyePro

Red-eye reduction plugin for Adobe Photoshop By Dave Nagel
Believe it or not, this is our first review of a piece of software from Andromeda Software. Andromeda has been in the Photoshop plugin business for quite a while, producing a wide range of effects filters and utility plugins for both Macintosh and Windows. Not coincidentally, the piece of software at hand--RedEyePro for Adobe Photoshop--is their first release for Mac OS X.

What it does and how well it does it
RedEyePro is, as its name implies, a filter for eliminating red eye from photographs taken with a flash. More, it can also be used to eliminate any color defined by the user, such as green eye or yellow eye, which can be produced when photographing animals. This feature alone takes it beyond the bevy of readily available freeware and shareware consumer utilities (such as Apple's iPhoto) that already offer red-eye removal features. But there's a caveat to this, which we'll get to later.

RedEyePro operates as a standard plugin called up through Photoshop's Filter menu. WHen activated, it brings a selection or layer into its own interface, which offers two modes of operation: "Novice" and "Expert."

The Novice mode, seen immediately below, provides basic tools for eliminating pure red from a portion of the image.

The result is the exact equivalent of using Photoshop's Channel Mixer with the Red output channel set to Red 0, Green +50, Blue +50. (It even leaves the same purplish residue.)

Original image.

One eye adjusted with the Channel Mixer (Red: 0; Green: +50; Blue: +50).

One eye adjusted with RedEyePro using the "Novice" mode.

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