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How to whiten teeth in photoshop: 3 Techniques with Photoshop Tutorials

Teeth whitening in photoshop removes teeth yellowing and enhances smiles in photos. When using photoshop, it is important not to whiten the teeth too much as they look unrealistic. You need to find a balance to make the teeth look natural. Follow the step-by-step guide below on how to whiten teeth in photoshop and find the technique that works best for you.

Technique 1: Use vibrance

#1. Select the circle icon on the bottom right of your screen

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#2. Click on the vibrance option on the bar that pops up

Vibrance is used to saturate mid-tones in your photo; it decreases or increases shades of mid-tones where the teeth are yellow.

photoshop tutorial for whiten teeth#3. Reduce the vibrance

Reducing vibrance will also remove the teeth' yellow tint and other mid-tones around the face.

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#4. Click on mask

Use a mask to limit the vibrance effect on the teeth, not the whole face. Mask has a white and black option which serve different purposes.

  • White is used to revealing the effects; therefore, the impact of the layer will be visible.

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  • Black is used for hiding; thus, the impact of the layer will not show in parts with black.

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  • Select the white mask and press Cmd/Ctrl + I to use the mask feature.

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#5. Click on the brush on the left of your screen.

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#6. Choose white as your foreground color.

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#7. Zoom in your photo

Click on the x toggle between your foreground and background or place your cursor on the teeth, then click Alt and move the scroll wheel to zoom in around the teeth.

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#8. Reduce your brush size

Reducing your brush size will make it easy to paint the teeth and give you an easy time when editing. Select the "alt " key and hold, then press your right mouse button and hold after a drag on the photo from right to left to reduce your brush size.

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#9. Paint over the teeth

Paint the teeth using the brush to whiten the teeth on the photo. However, it would be best if you were careful when doing this to avoid painting on the gums, as this will take away its color.

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  • Increase the flow to 200 to whiten the teeth.

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  • If you accidentally paint on the gums, press x between the background and foreground. Follow the following steps:

Step 1: Get the foreground color to black.

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Step 2: Paint over the gums to restore the actual color of the gums.

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#10. Adjust the vibrance

Select the triangle icon beside the mask option and raise the vibrance to around 58

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Technique 2: Make use of the selective color feature

#1. Select the selective color option

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#2. Choose the absolute option.

This feature has two options: the absolute and the relative one. The relative choice is great if you want the effects to be subtle, and the absolute is ideal if you want aggressive effects.

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#3. Change the color to yellow and reduce yellows on the photo

  • Click the color bar for more color options will show, and pick yellow

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  • Our main focus is on the yellow color of the teeth, decreasing the yellow completely.
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  • Change the other color options till you are content with the changes. Increase cyan and black, then reduce or increase the magenta until you are okay with the adjustments on the photo.

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#4. Paint over the teeth

  • Click ctrl+ I

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  • Select the brush, make white the foreground color, and paint over the teeth. It will not affect the gums, which makes this technique better.

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Technique 3: Use hues and saturation

#1. Select the hues and saturation option

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#2. Select the hues

  • You can select the hues by clicking the palm-looking icon.

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  • Select the place on the photo you want to change to get the hue.
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Despite the hue you get, you can manually get the one you prefer using the steps below:

Step 1: Reduce the hue, increase saturation, and observe what parts have been affected.

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Step 2: Since the teeth are our main focus and have not been selected, we will need to make changes. The top bar is the target, and the bottom shows the results. Therefore, narrow the hue bar to the reds, making the red parts cyan since the hue is red.

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Step 3:  Move the bar to yellow to target the teeth.

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Step 4: Extend the yellow bar to focus on the teeth and feather the photo. Extend the outer slide on the left and right sides to feather the photo and ensure great contact on the gums.

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Step 5: Change the hue to zero, raise the lightness and decrease the saturation slightly.

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Step 6: You can also adjust the yellow hue to blue slightly.

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#3. Paint over the teeth

photoshop tutorial for whiten teethClick Ctrl+I, then select the brush and make the foreground color white. Once done, paint over the teeth to whiten them.

Conclusion

I hope the techniques mentioned above will be useful in guiding you on how to whiten teeth in photoshop. Each technique works great in teeth whitening in photoshop, and it is up to you to find the one that best suits you. Therefore, take this article as a guide the next time you have a picture of where the teeth may need whitening to correct the issue easily. Follow the steps carefully to get amazing photos with great smiles and perfect teeth.

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