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P: Please add red eye removal

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LEGEND ,
Oct 23, 2017 Oct 23, 2017

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Surprised there is no red eye removal (that I can find) in the new Lightroom CC. Am I just missing something?

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Adobe Employee , Jun 14, 2022 Jun 14, 2022

Greetings,

 

Updates to the Adobe Photography Products were released on June 13. This feature request is now implemented for the Lightroom Ecosystem Desktop Application (Mac and Windows). We will leave this thread active for those using the Mobile and Web versions of the product. Thanks to all who participated in the is thread. 

 

If you do not see the update (Mac and Win) you can refresh your Creative Cloud App with the keyboard shortcut [Ctrl/Cmd]+[Alt/Opt]+[ R ]. 

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Adobe Employee , Sep 30, 2019 Sep 30, 2019

Hi everyone, thanks for all the feedback.  We do intend to implement a red-eye removal feature in Lightroom at some point in the future.  We do not yet have a specific release date planned.

Thanks,
Ben

11/11/2020
Ben has added additional comments in this post below: 
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Community Beginner ,
Nov 10, 2020 Nov 10, 2020

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@Martyn_williams_jd0oga3s57gp6: "Or is this just some crazy way to get us all to buy photoshop as well??"

It is NOT all about you. These products are extremely complex, and decisions have to be made about prioritizing what are the most and what are the least urgent changes, and also a cost vs benefit consideration. In the greater population of users, what percentage are sitting around on a puckered sphincter, full of angst about Red Eye, especially when there are ways to deal with it already?

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Community Expert ,
Nov 10, 2020 Nov 10, 2020

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It was marked as being under consideration.

Seems that after three years, the consideration has been made, no? 

Made sometime in the future? Perhaps, the future still exists. 

In the meantime, there are ways to reduce red eye in LR; maybe you should try it? 

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 10, 2020 Nov 10, 2020

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ok. last post then I will shut up about this for another year. 

1) It took two years of lobbying to get this "under consideration"

2) The product was labelled as being "the same" as the old classic version. We were sold something that did not do what the classic version did, and surprise surprise, Adobe was disingenuous about this. That's a wrong that should be righted. 

3) Don't patronise us - "products are complex" Adobe has a market cap of $240 bn. They can work this stuff out, and resource it. 

4) "In the greater population of users, what percentage are sitting around on a puckered sphincter, full of angst about Red Eye," - actually I skipped thru the topics, and this is one of the most popular on the cloud community. Very few topics get close. Even including the ones complaining about duff rollouts. I don't know what % of course, but it is a higher % than any other topic, and it should be fixed. You should not claim a product has the same features when it doesn't that is plain wrong.

So over to you Ben? 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 10, 2020 Nov 10, 2020

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So, you say that management decisions should be based on the amount of clamor by visitors to one forum, comprised of users from cell phone toting teens on up to those that have taken the time to study, rather than by actual research?  We are not voters in the inner city in this process!

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 10, 2020 Nov 10, 2020

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@martyn_williams_jd0oga3s57gp6  " Adobe has a market cap of $240 bn. They can work this stuff out, and resource it. "

Market cap has nothing to do with the underlying company. Market capitalization is simply the number of shares outstanding multiplied by the current market share price; it has zero to do with the finances of the company. Market cap is NOT the same as Net Worth.

No corporation "has the money" represented by shares which are HELD BY INVESTORS not the company itself. The only time a corporation receives cash is when the shares are initially issued. From there on,share price/value devolves upon holders of those shares.

Gosh, hope that helps you a bit!

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LEGEND ,
Nov 10, 2020 Nov 10, 2020

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The assumption based on my question is that I'm not a real photographer, or I don't know how to use Photoshop. I was a devoted student of Bruce Fraser's "Real World" books, and followed him (and Andrew, the Digital Dog) on color color management forums in the early 2000's, before Bruce's untimely passing. I've had some practice in the subject of color correction, but time moves on and I value easy features more and more the older I get. I was simply looking for a feature that exists in prior versions of Lightroom, and was scratching my head as to why I couldn't find it.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 10, 2020 Nov 10, 2020

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Fair comment again, and while I apologise to DGrainger for using Market Cap'n as a proxy for value (which it is - the markets view of future cash flows / discount rate) . Market value is a function of EBITDA.

I may have chosen to use $4bn of EBITDA adobe squirrelled away from licence payers like us in 2019. I think customers warrant care and like for like products, irrespective of the platform. It doesn't do what we were told it would on the tin. That's why users/customers/licence payers/ebitda makers/shareholder enricheners i.e. us,  are aggrieved. 

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Explorer ,
Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020

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Not overly wanting to inject myself into a very heated discussion... But I think this is quite a common feeling in general with the overall move in the software industry to needing end users to pay ongoing subscription fees to use software.

Previously Adobe and other software developers would release a new version of their software, and it would have new features that you would decide whether or not to pay for. So they were directly incentivised to deliver new features which customers would willingly pay big dollars for. Then the cycle would continue - this cycle basically funded the company (obviously along with winning new customers).

Nowadays with subscription-based software, the direct incentive for offering new features existing customers are crying out for is not as apparent. Obviously they need to keep ahead of the competition (which in Adobe's case is unfortunately almost non-existent), but the direct correlation of upgrade versions to income is sadly gone.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020

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@nick_jensen  Software as a service, SAAS, has an interesting history. It has been driven by Apple, with their App Store offerings at extremely low prices, albeit not as complex programs as Photoshop or Lightroom.  The gap between license-purchase versions of Photoshop and Apps on the App Store was so huge that many people would not buy a license. Public perception of that gap drove a large number of software makers to follow Apple's lead in order to stay competitive, by using SAAS subscriptions. The list price of Photoshop 1.0 for Macintosh in 1990 was $895.! Over the years, I paid thousands for updated versions, so I was very glad to see the switch to subscription.

A downside to using SAAS is that that a flood of new users, able to pay $10 or $20 a month but not able to spring for many hundreds up front and also have to buy updates, introduced a new problem for companies: these newly attracted users were far less likely to have the training or interest in learning required to make effective use of such products. Admittedly there is a huge learning curve to be overcome, and folks who just want to fix redeye for example are less likely to make the effort to gain that knowledge. Therefore the cost of customer support rises considerably.

The Up side for adopting SAAS, is twofold: paradoxically upside IS that expansion of TAM, Total Addressable Market which lower cash outlay affords. The second and more important PLUS is that it smooths out and makes more forecast-able, cash flow which in turn makes it possible to do ongoing development R&D and to avoid "crisis financial management" for Treasurer of the company.

As to your comment "Obviously they need to keep ahead of the competition (which in Adobe's case is unfortunately almost non-existent)"  Adobe is the market leader, but in order to maintain that lead, there must be and is constant refinement of product. It is just that the requests and suggestions for change are numerous, sometimes in conflict, and must be triaged, as not everything everybody wants is practical or makes sense.

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020

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Hello everyone, what a lively thread we have going here!  Regrettably, I have no update to share beyond what I posted previously - we are still planning to add this feature at some point in the future, and I still don't have a specific date to share.

I know how frustrating it is when our own pet features that we can't live without aren't prioritized.  (My own is range masking - I'm still really missing that from Lightroom Classic.)  As others have mentioned, of course we need to prioritize our feature development, and we take a great many factors into account when doing that prioritization.  One of those factors is the feedback that we receive from customers such as yourselves in venues such as this, and we are very grateful for it, so thank you for taking the time.

One side note: suggestions that Adobe has been disingenuous, or somehow deceitful are very concerning.  Neither Adobe nor our customers are well served by anything less than completely accurate and honest communication.  If you can find anywhere on Adobe's site that claims that Lightroom and Lightroom Classic are "the same" please let me know and I will have it removed.  We have a great deal of information available on our site about the differences between the two products both at a high level and in great detail.

Thanks,

Ben

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LEGEND ,
Dec 06, 2020 Dec 06, 2020

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Please return red eye removal!  I used it all the time!

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Community Expert ,
Dec 06, 2020 Dec 06, 2020

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*cmarcy Again: It was and still is in Lightroom Classic:

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 07, 2020 Dec 07, 2020

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Here is another vote for adding this essential tool. Actually, I cannot believe that it is very hard to add it for Adobe, so maybe it is just a matter of priorities. Thank you for reconsidering.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 14, 2020 Dec 14, 2020

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A pretty basic tool not yet available in Lightroom CC. Please add!!

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 14, 2020 Dec 14, 2020

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Please READ the information in this lengthy thread!

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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If you mean "good photographers do not have this problem because they do not use flash" and "you can work around the missing tool with other tools", then well, I read it. But this does not answer the "I have photos from other sources that have red eyes" and "this is a pretty basic tool that could make life easier and should be easy to implement" arguments in the same thread.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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@cinderella   You could use Lightroom Classic, or start using Photoshop.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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I could, but as I have a 1TB LR-subscription that does neither include Photoshop nor Lightroom Classic, this is an option I do not want to consider. It is not worth the additional expense just for the few bad photos I would like to fix… so, thank you for the suggestion. On the other hand, Adobe could just add this to Lightroom.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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@cinderella I see. Most of what I do is wildlife photography, so I have little use for Lightroom, but with the Photography package I have both. Perhaps there is something in Gimp that you could get, which, as I recall, is Shareware....

I believe that I have read somewhere on the forum that Adobe may have plans to add redeye removal in the future, but that it is not on a high priority for them.   "Going to do that RSN!"  *

*RSN=  old tech industry  term, short for "Real Soon, Now"

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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so let's all subscribe for 3 packages, because Adobe don't roll out comprable features across their super duper web based service, despite promising to do so years ago? Awesome idea. let's all spend £50 pm supporting Adobe's pressing need to pay their developers to do the work they promised to get done...

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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@martyn_williams_jd0oga3s57gp6 

Pretty snippy comment, that does not add one whit to the discussion, other than just joining in a "group howl!"

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LEGEND ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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I would like to have this feature for when working on old scanned photographs with red eye problems.

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Community Expert ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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*dave_mckenna Can you make a localized brush adjustment over they eyes, set to negative saturation/vibrance to remove the red? 

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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@dgrainger – well, yes, I can use Gimp, probably, but I just wanted to let my voice be heard at Adobe that adding this feature could improve customer satisfaction a lot, without cannibalising their other products.

I was using iPhoto and the Aperture, and at some time switched to LR 6, and now LR (the cloud version that has had a lot of different names). I made most of the moves forced by product discontinuation or missing features (LR 6 cannot handle HEIC, for example). I am mostly happy now with LR, but red eye removal – a feature all of the solutions above had – is gone. And while I can fix those photos outside of LR, I would prefer to stay in the ecosystem I am currently subscribed to.

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New Here ,
Jan 16, 2021 Jan 16, 2021

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I would also like to know this answer.  I am trying to remove some red eyes and can not find it on latest version 4.1 of Lightroom.  All the examples I see in search are from Lightroom Classic which we can purchase now.  I am new to Lightroom and this seems like a basic feature not to have available.  If it is available, seems like a nice thing to have in the help or in the on-line user guide.  Hopefully someone will provide an answer to this.

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