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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...

...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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