LeviFiction wrote:So the regular red-eye removal tool doesn't work then? You mentioned specifically using the one under the adjust menu which works differently than the red-eye removal tool which offers its "one-click" solution by coloring the pupil in with a dark grey/black to remove the red-eye. It doesn't touch the Irish unless you make the sample area too large. I'm assuming that the red-eye happens on a very small eye and that's why you're looking for into using the one that also produces an Irish for you but I wanted to make sure.
I can't recommend any really useful options because I've always been taught to do it slowly. So I zoom in, select the eye, promote the selection to its own layer. Perform a saturation or color adjustment depending on what's needed and erase the excess areas. A slow process that works for me. Even if I were to do a hundred images. I don't really use those two red-eye options at all.
the regular red eye tool causes noticeable ugly streaks for some reason so I don't use that at any cost. using the full manual method you are talking about, which I have done in the past yeilds mixed results and is extremely labourious. on some pictures it works while on others, the results are less impressive. the problem arises when the red eye is not clearly defined, but leaches onto the iris itself. addressing the pupil leaves the red eye glow outside on the iris, as a red halo that is noticeable in the final result. the only thing I can do to try to get around this, is to make the pupil unnaturally large, and that also doesn't look right on the final result.
on a couple of pics it's not a problem to do it manually, as much as it is when you are doing a large batch. I just don't have the time to fiddle around, pupil by pupil, iris by iris, eye by eye, picture by picture. the reason why I find the red eye remover under the adjust drop down is because there is the option to mask the leached red eye on the iris. the only downside to it for me, is that I seemingly can't adjust the iris colours on the fly.