It’s an all-too-common experience – the perfect photograph ruined by the demonic glow of the “red-eye” effect. Now, a researcher at the University of Toronto has developed a method that can automatically remove those unsightly scarlet spots from digital images.
“The technique will offer consumers a convenient, automatic tool for eliminating red-eye in digital photographs,” says Professor Konstantinos Plataniotis of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Red-eye occurs when a camera flash reflects back from the retina of the eye, making the coloured portion of eyes appear red in photographs. The software he has developed isolates the reddened areas of the eyes and automatically replaces the abnormally-coloured region with natural eye colour.
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