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On a recent trip to Madagascar, we were able to capture some interesting animals during the night, where of course we used flash. The following photo is not made by me...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31109147@N00/2743758622

...but we have many with the same problem as in that photo: yellow eyes. Applying standard red eye post processing on it results in light grey, which looks equally unnatural as yellow.

I was wondering if anybody knows of an easy way to post process this into a natural look, other than of course manual painting, which is a painful exercise. One thing I have tried so far is selective color replacement, but that still is a very diligent process

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in Photoshop cs6:

Make a hue sat layer with a mask of the eyes on it. in the yellow channel try lowering the saturation and brightness. Maybe even pushing the yellow into a more neutral color

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Thank you, although that does look like selective color replacement, it seems to work better compared to how I do such a thing in LR. –  Ferdy Nov 30 '12 at 7:57
    
No problem, is the goal to make that bright yellow almond a dark brown or black color? –  underarock Nov 30 '12 at 16:26
    
Yes, the goal would be to make it black, but not 100% black. –  Ferdy Nov 30 '12 at 19:22

You can use a program like The GIMP or Photoshop to burn into the Y channel in the eye area.

On GIMP's page, there's an old tutorial that sort of follows the process.
However, instead of using the Channels directly, you should Decompose the image ([Colors]->[Components]->[Decompose]->"CMYK") and work on the resulting yellow-k layer.
When you're done, just Recompose.

Photoshop's menus vary, but it must have something very similar.

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Thank you, although I'm a PS user, I highly appreciate your answer. –  Ferdy Nov 30 '12 at 7:57
    
A PS workflow should be very similar (if not identical). Do let us know what worked best for you. –  Roflo Nov 30 '12 at 15:46

I would use Photoshop to zoom in on the eyes, select the areas of the eyes that you want to remove the yellow from...after making your selection, go to "hue/saturation", choose yellow, and bring down saturation to get the yellow out.

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