Photoshop 5.5 is a version of the application that was released in 1999. Its most noted feature is the Save for Web function, which allows images to be modified for website use. In terms of the basic tools such as selection and color adjustment, Photoshop did not make any major changes. These tools still work in the same way as in previous and preceding versions. One of the nifty tricks in Photoshop 5.5 is the ability to change a subject's eye color, whether to reduce red-eye or for an entertaining effect.
- Zoom in on the eyes. Once the image loads in the application's main workspace, you can immediately tell how difficult the task will be based on the size of the image. If the image is too small, you will need to activate the Zoom tool. Bring the magnifying glass shaped cursor over to the eyes and right-click to zoom in and center the eyes on the workspace. Right-click as many times as necessary until the eyes are at a manageable size. Take note that with a low-resolution picture, you're going to end up a highly pixilated image after zooming in.
- Select the eyes. Using the Elliptical Marquee tool is the best selection method for this task. To make the selection a perfect circle, press down on the Shift key and position the cursor on the upper left portion of an eye then click and drag downward and diagonally until the whole iris is included. Adjust the selection circle accordingly by click and holding within the circle and then dragging the circle into a better position. Again press the Shift key to go into Add Selection mode. The Selection tool cursor will become a plus sign with a smaller plus sign beside it. Add the other eye to the selection. Both eyes should now have dotted-line circles around them.
- Adjust the color. Go to the Image menu, hover the mouse on Adjustments and then click on the Hue/Saturation option from the submenu list that will appear. The Hue/Saturation dialog box contains three sliders: Hue, Saturation and Lightness. Moving the Hue slider to the left or right or directly typing in a positive or negative number on the input box beside the label will change the color of the selected eyes. Any values set for Saturation will control the strength of the Hue or how much of the new color will be present. Lightness works like the brightness control of a monitor, it will add or reduce brightness to the selected eyes. What adjustments you make will be entirely up to you and what color or effect you're going for. To make the eye color change realistic, choose hues that are natural eye colors like green or blue. Also, add only small Hue increments with little Saturation value to match the texture of the rest of the image.
A rule of thumb in image editing is to always work on a copy and not on the original. This way you don't accidentally and irreversibly modify the original picture. If you happen to be performing the color change on the original picture, choose Save As and rename the file. This way you preserve the original image and can even compare the edited copy to it, giving you a way to assess your work.