Whiten Teeth In A Few Easy Steps

You can whiten teeth on almost any subject in your photos and it will be an improvement. The trick is to not go too far or it looks unnatural.

Photoshop Elements makes it easy to do and you can control exactly how much whitening to apply as you get feedback on your monitor.

Here's a look at the before and after of this tutorial:


Click on the video below to see exactly how it works.

Under the video is an illustrated step-by-step guide showing how to Whiten Teeth with Photoshop Elements.

The Step-By-Step Guide

STEP ONE- Open The Photo You Want To Whiten Teeth On.

Below is the photo I'm going to use for this tutorial.

Photo by Niver Vega on Unsplash

STEP TWO- Make A Selection Around The Teeth.

Use your favorite selection technique to make a selection of the teeth. I used the Quick Selection tool and the Lasso tool for my selection.

When using the Lasso tool hold down the Shift key and start inside the selected area to add to your selection.

And hold down the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a PC and start outside the selected area to subtract from your selection.

If you look closely at the image above you can see the dashed line going around the teeth indicating that they are selected.

Once the teeth are selected go up to the Select menu and choose Feather... by clicking on it.

The Feather dialog box will appear.

Enter a slight Feather amount of 1 or 2 pixels and then click OK to close the box and apply your change.

This will help the whitened teeth blend into the rest of the photo more naturally.

STEP THREE- Create A Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.

At the top of the Layers panel click on the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon. It looks like a half white/half blue circle.

From the popup list select Hue/Saturation... by clicking on it.

Whenever you create an adjustment layer while you have an active selection, that selection is converted to a layer mask for your adjustment layer.

The Hue/Saturation dialog box will appear.

Click on the Channel field and choose Yellows from the drop-down menu.

Slide the Saturation slider to the left and the Lightness slider to the right while watching the results on your image.

When you get to the point where the teeth look better without looking gray or too light switch the Channel drop-down menu to Master.

Again slide the Saturation and Lightness sliders as before to see if you can tweak it a little more.

When you are finished adjusting the Hue/Saturation you can close the dialog box by clicking on the small "X" in the upper-left of the box.

And that's all there is to it!

Here's a look at the before and after again:

That wraps up this Photoshop Elements tutorial on how to whiten teeth.

Until next time,

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