How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop CC 2014

Photographers post-process their photos in Adobe Photoshop in order to remove the uncontrolled issues that can occurs while taking the shot. One of these issue is to have the nice smile get spoiled with the yellow teeth, the article can help ensure that you have whiter teeth. Therefor, one of the most used image editing steps after taking portrait photography is to learn how to how to whiten teeth in Photoshop.

This dental blog shows the various techniques that are used to whiten teeth in Photoshop and in this tutorial we will explore one of these methods that can help you improve your portrait shots (5 Top New Features in Photoshop CC for Photographers).

In this image editing tutorial, we will use the quick selection tool to refine the selections and learn how to apply a mask to group layer in order to achieve more accurate results in less time. Also, we will learn how to use the smart nondestructive adjustment layers in Adobe Photoshop to whiten teeth (check Quick Image Editing Tips: Applying Photographic Toning in Photoshop CC 2014).

Most importantly, you need to know that the final effect should appear natural. Many photos hoped photos lack the natural look, which turns it to a failure shot. We will try to reach natural white teeth for the original shot below:

image editing whiten teeth

And the final effect should look like below:

image editing whiten teeth

Step 1

Open the teeth image inside Adobe Photoshop, it is recommended to use high resolution photo in order to reach accurate results.

photoshop image editing

Step 2

Select the Quick Selection tool from the Tools panel, start by selecting the teeth. You can increase or decrease the size of the Quick Selection tool by pressing the right and left brackets in the keyword.

Do not worry about the accuracy of the selection at this level, as you can add to selection by drawing over the missed areas or remove from it by using the tool while pressing the Alt (Option) key in your keyboard.

whiten teeth photoshop

Step 3

From the top Properties bar, click Refine Edge. The dialog box appears. Set the Feature to 2 px and start painting around the selection to soften it, then press Ok.

white teeth mask

Step 4

Now, click on the New Group icon in the bottom of the Layers panel.

whiten teeth effect

Step 5

While the selection is still active, click on the Mask icon in the bottom of the Layers panel. This will apply the mask to the group. The point of this step is to safe time and effort. Instead of applying the mask to multiple layers, we have the mask applied to the group and subsequently affects the layers under it.

group masking photoshop

Step 6

Click the New Adjustment Layer icon in the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Hue/Saturation.

image editing

Step 7

From the Properties panel, select the Colorize checkbox. Now, set the Hue to 11, the Saturation to 25 and keep the Lightness to zero.

hue and saturation adjustment

Step 8

Click on the New Adjustment layer again and this time select the Curves.

photoshop group masking

Step 9

Click on the middle of the curve and drag it to the top a little bit.

image editing curves

Step 10

Double click on the Curves layers (right to the layer name) to open the Layer Style. Set the Blending Mode to Soft Light, the Opacity to 50%.

At the bottom of the dialog box, Alt (Option) click on the right point on the Underlaying Layer slider and drag it to the left. This will make the curve effect appears on the highlighted areas of the tooth. Then press Ok.

whiten teeth photoshop

Step 11

After applying the adjustments, you will notice that the correct may miss parts of the teeth like the bottom parts or extend to the lips in other parts.

While the group mask is selected in the Layers panel, you can use the Brush tool to paint with black to remove the effects from specific parts, or paint with white to apply the effects to other parts.

photoshop CC mask

Step 12

The final result should appear like below.

whiten teeth photoshop
The above steps guide you through one of the techniques to change whiten teeth in Photoshop, you can always change the setting to fit with your shot and the kind of modification that need to be applied.

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