Hello, all. A few years back, while I was visiting Yellowstone, I had a great early morning encounter with a red fox outside of the park- at our cabin in Cooke City, Montana. The fox was obviously habituated to people. I've always enjoyed the photos I took of it, but some of them had the cat or pet eye issue that occasionally shows up in animal shots.
I recently upgraded to Adobe Photo Elements 12 thinking that its new pet eye correction feature would be great. However, it did not work so well in practice. Regardless, I decided to try to correct the eyes manually. I would love to get your honest and expert opinions on my efforts.
Lawrence, I apologize for not seeing your post earlier. Not sure how I missed it. Here is a brief description of how I did this:
I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 to edit my photos. It has a brush feature (under the "Expert" section of Editor module) that allows you to essentially paint within your photo. Furthermore, the brush feature provides you with the option of selecting a brush or airbrush mode. You can also select the brush size which I varied based on what area I was painting and especially at the time of applying highlights.
Using the airbrush mode, I filled in the pupils gradually and tried not to make them 100% even in an effort to better replicate a natural pupil. (I should mention I used to paint and airbrush regularly as a hobby for years, so I felt comfortable with the approach although doing it with a mouse is very different than with an actual airbrush.)
The Adobe Photoshop Elements airbrush mode (and brush mode) lets you choose the degree of opacity. I never selected anything over 50% to ensure I covered the area gradually and unevenly.
Once I was done with painting the pupils in black, I then changed the color to white and added the highlights which were more challenging. It obviously took some trial and error and I greatly appreciate the feedback I got on this forum.
I hope this provides an adequate explanation of the process I used. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments on this.