Unfortunately, the automatic red eye fix tools in most photo editing software do not work on the majority of pet eye photos, and no desktop photo editing software that I know of has a tool specifically for fixing pet eye quickly. (If you do know of one, please let me know in the comments.) Although I know the technique for fixing pet eye, as demonstrated in my tutorial, sometimes I'm in a hurry to show of my beloved pooches and don't want to mess around with a multi-step process. Plus, I'm lazy!
So I was pleased to learn that the online photo editor Picnik does have a pet eye correction tool. Picnik is owned by Google now, and you can access it directly from your Picasa Web Albums if you use them. This is still not as convenient as having a one-click fix tool in my favorite photo software, but I do use Picasa Web Albums, so it's a welcome addition. Let's hope Google moves this valuable feature into the desktop photo software Picasa, and that other desktop photo software developers follow suit.
Here is a quick run down on how to fix pet eye using the online photo editor Picnik:
If the photo you want to fix is on Picasa Web albums, you can navigate to it there, then click the edit button above the photo.
If the photo you want to fix is on another photo site or your computer, browse to Picnik.com and click "Get Started Now." Then click the "Upload a photo" button, or use one of the buttons at the bottom of the screen to access your photos on popular social networks and photo sharing sites including Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, Webshots, and PhotoBucket.
Once your photo is open in Picnik, click the Red-Eye button along the top of the page.
When the red eye dialog opens, it asks you to click on the center of each eye. It attempts to determine whether you have clicked on a pet or human eye, but in my experience it is best to click the "Furball" button straight off if you are fixing pet eyes.
I tested a photo using Picnik to access a Facebook photo, and when the photo was saved back to Facebook, it created a duplicate of the fixed photo in my Facebook album instead of replacing the photo I started with. This is just something you should be aware of, and I imagine it works the same way when accessing photos on other sites. If you want to replace the photo in your Facebook album, you will have to remove the old one directly from the Facebook site after saving the editing photo to Facebook. The new photo will not have comments from your Facebook friends attached to it, so be aware of that as well. In most cases, you'll probably be doing the pet eye fix soon after posting your photos, so they won't be likely to have comments anyway.
When using Picnik from Picasa Web Albums, you are asked when you save the photo if you want to replace the photo or save a new copy.
Basically, Picnik just paints a new pupil and reflection glint over the dogs eyes, the same thing I show you how to do in my tutorial, but it does it in one click. It's not perfect every time--sometimes it made the eyes look strange, and other times it wasn't able to completely cover the pupil--but it's usually better than the crazy glowing eyes. Picnik's pet eye fix is included with the free account, so go ahead and give it a try on your pet eye pictures.
I'd love to know about any desktop photo software that has a tool like this built-in, and look forward to seeing the technology perfected and added to more family photo software.