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Monday, 17 October 2011

How To Whiten Teeth on Adope Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most powerful photo editors around today for simple and complicated photo touch ups. Today, we will go through the steps of how to whiten stained teeth in your digital photos.
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Stained teeth are often the result of too much coffee or other staining foods. Lots of people will shell out hundreds of dollars for professional teeth whitening or over-the-counter whitening kits. Using photo retouching software on your digital photos can whiten your teeth quickly and easily, making your photos perfect for printing out or sharing. There are many different ways to approach this, but the method below is the quickest and most accurate.

10 Easy Steps for simple and effective teeth whitening on Photoshop:

1. Open your image in Photoshop. Almost any version will work. As of date, the most recent version is CS5.

2. Create a duplicate layer of this image. Right click on the layer, select "duplicate layer" and rename this layer as "teeth." You want to do all of your edits on this top layer so if you make any mistakes, you always have an original, untouched version for back up.

3. Enter quick mask mode. You can achieve this by pressing the letter "Q" on your keyboard or clicking on the circle in a square button on the bottom left corner of your keyboard.

4. Select an appropriate size brush tool that is a little smaller than the teeth you are about to paint over. Make sure BLACK is selected in your color palette and begin to carefully paint over the entirety of the teeth that need to be whitened.

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5. As you paint over the teeth, you will see that it will show up as a transparent red, even though black is selected. This is correct, as you are masking off the teeth with your brush. If you make a mistake (e.g., getting part of the mouth as well, etc), you can select white on your color palette and paint over to correct your mistakes.

6. When you are done painting, press ctrl+i (command+i on a Mac) to invert your mask. After doing this, the rest of the image should be red with only the teeth showing.

7. Press the letter "Q" again or press the quick mask button to exit quick mask mode. You should see a selection (marching ants) around the teeth you've selected.

8. Press ctrl+u (command+u on a mac) to open the Hue/Saturation palette. Click the drop down menu in the new dialog box and select Yellows.

9. Slide the Saturation slider to the left until most of the yellow stains disappear. Then slide the Lightness slider slightly to the right to brighten the teeth a little bit. The corrections you do here are all subjective, depending on how white you want the teeth to be.

10. Finally, select Master on the drop down and slide the Lightness slider to the right a little bit to give the teeth a bit more brightness. This step is optional, depending on how white you want the teeth. Press ctrl+d (command+d) to deselect and that's all there is to it!

Remember not to whiten the teeth so much that they are true white, this will make it look unnatural and obvious that the image has been doctored. Most people have off-white colored teeth, and older people have more darker teeth as well.

This method also works well to brighten the whites of eyes.

Author: Sheryl L.
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