How to Get Those Pearly Whites in Photoshop

How to Get Those Pearly Whites in Photoshop

Hey there! Today, I want to show you how to create that perfect white smile with the help of Photoshop. Are you ready? Let’s dive right in!

Step 1: Open the Image

First things first, you need to open the image of yourself or someone you want to enhance their smile. Head to the “File” menu and select “Open” to find the image you want to work on.

Step 2: Duplicate the Layer

To keep things non-destructive, I always start by duplicating the layer. This way, if anything goes wrong, I can always go back to the original image.

Right-click on the layer in the Layers panel and choose “Duplicate Layer”. Simple, right?

Step 3: Select the Teeth

Now, it’s time to make our selection. There are a few ways you can do this, but I’ll show you the easiest one. Grab the “Quick Selection Tool” from the toolbar on the left, then click and drag over the teeth. Photoshop will automatically select them for you.

Step 4: Brighten the Teeth

Once the teeth are selected, it’s time to brighten them up. Go to the “Image” menu, select “Adjustments”, and then choose “Levels”. A dialog box will appear, where you’ll see a histogram representing the tonal range of your image. Drag the white slider towards the center to increase the brightness of the teeth. Keep an eye on them as you make adjustments, and stop when you’re satisfied.

Step 5: Whiten the Teeth

Brightening is good, but we also want to make those teeth sparkly white, right? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Hold down the “Ctrl” key (or “Command” key on a Mac) and click on the teeth layer thumbnail in the Layers panel. This will load a selection based on the teeth.

Now, head to the “Image” menu, select “Adjustments”, and choose “Hue/Saturation”. In the dialog box, move the Saturation slider to the left to desaturate the selected area, and then adjust the Lightness slider to make the teeth appear whiter. Keep tweaking until you achieve the desired level of whiteness.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Congratulations! You’ve successfully whitened the teeth. Now, it’s time to put the final touches on your image. Feel free to play around with other adjustments like contrast or brightness to ensure a natural and polished look.

When you’re happy with the result, save your image by going to the “File” menu and choosing “Save As”. Give it a new name to preserve the original, and voil√†!


See? That wasn’t so hard, was it? With just a few simple steps, you can give yourself or others a Hollywood-worthy smile. Now go ahead and try it out yourself. Show off those pearly whites!

I want to talk to you about whitening teeth in Photoshop. It may sound complex, but I assure you it’s not as difficult as you might think. In fact, it’s one of the first things amateur editors should learn.

To whiten and brighten teeth at the same time, we will be using the Hue and Saturation method. This clever technique allows you to tackle two corrections simultaneously, saving you time and effort.

Getting Started

The first thing you need to do is select the lasso tool from your toolbar. This tool will help you make precise selections on the image.

Selecting the Right Teeth

Alright, so here’s the deal: when you want to fix up someone’s teeth in a photo, you gotta use the lasso tool. But hold up! You can’t just go all crazy and select everyone’s teeth at once if there are multiple people in the picture. That’s a big no-no.

I’m going to give you some tips on adjusting the color of teeth in a photo. Each person’s teeth are different, so you’ll need to make different adjustments for each person. It’s best to work on one problem at a time.

Start by drawing a selection around the edges of the teeth. Try to get as close as possible, even if it’s not perfect at first. You can always make adjustments later.

Adjusting Colors

Now comes the fun part! To change the color of the teeth, we’re going to add an adjustment layer or a new fill to the photo. You can do this by going to the Layers panel and looking for the icon at the bottom.

When you see the list, choose the Hue/Saturation option. Now, you’ll see a new layer on top of your background layer.

Edit Your Choice

Alright, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of adjusting the Hue/Saturation layer. To do this, you’ll need to access the Properties panel in your version of Photoshop. Now, take a look at the Edit option – it’s currently set to Master.

So, what does this mean exactly? Well, it means that any changes you make to the Hue/Saturation will affect all the colors in your image. But since you’re specifically looking to tweak the yellow color, you’ll need to switch things up a bit. Change the Edit field from Master to Yellows.

Less Intense Colors

Now let’s tone down the intensity of the colors. Look for the Saturation slider and move it towards the left. The further you slide, the lighter your teeth will look. Just be careful not to go too far.

Let me tell you something, my friend. White teeth? Yeah, they’re great. But here’s a secret: perfection doesn’t exist, not even in teeth. So, if you want to make your teeth look real, don’t go all the way to the extreme with the slider. Trust me on this one.

Oh, and here’s another thing to keep in mind. There’s no definite rule or magic number to follow when it comes to saturation. It varies from photo to photo, or even from person to person, like I mentioned before.

Listen up, Edit Mode Master

Once you’re happy with your teeth whitening skills, go back to the properties panel and switch the edit mode back to Master. Easy peasy, right?

A Touch of Radiance

Imagine you have the power to brighten your teeth with just a simple slide of a switch. Well, with the Lightness slider, you can do just that. It’s as easy as clicking on the slider and then dragging the pointer towards the right side of the bar.

Think of it like turning up the brightness on a picture. The more you drag, the more your teeth will shine with a captivating radiance. It’s almost like the sparkle of a diamond, drawing attention and leaving a lasting impression.

Once again, we find ourselves in the realm of trial and error. Instead of fretting over a universally applicable standard value, focus on the process of experimentation.

Clearing Up

At this point, you have the choice to proceed with a final step. This step is not mandatory, but rather depends on how precise your initial tooth selection was. If there are specific areas that require adjustment, you can simply select the brush tool.

When it comes to tackling problem areas, grab your brush and start painting around them. To ensure precision, opt for a small soft-edge brush.

Now, if you have someone else assisting you, go ahead and choose the lasso tool once more to make a fresh selection. Create a new adjustment layer for Hue/Saturation and go through the same steps again.

Here’s a tip: it’s beneficial to practice on photos with multiple people. This way, you can observe how adjustments vary across different scenarios.

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