Photo Retouching: how to whiten teeth in Photoshop

Photo Retouching: how to whiten teeth in Photoshop

As our Raw Tuesday series guide to photo retouching continues we show you how to whiten teeth in Photoshop, as well as straighten teeth, in just three easy steps!

Photo Retouching: how to whiten teeth in Photoshop

People often feel self-conscious about crooked or yellow teeth, but luckily there’s an easy fix in Photoshop.

The Liquify filter is the perfect tool for tweaking and tucking shapes, so it’s great for straightening teeth. The Clone and Healing tools are also good choices when you need to tidy up chips or remove marks.

For those who like 10 coffees a day, teeth can be cleaned up with a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. This allows you to target and desaturate the yellow tones in your image.

How to straighten and whiten teeth in Photoshop

How to straighten and whiten teeth in Photoshop: step 1

01 Straighten the edges
Hit Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate your Background layer, then go to Filter>Liquify to access the Liquify dialog box. Zoom in to the teeth, then use the top left Forward Warp tool to warp the edges of the teeth. Switch to the Reconstruct tool below if you go wrong.

 

How to straighten and whiten teeth in Photoshop: step 2

02 Whiten the teeth
Click the Create Adjustment Layer icon in the Tools Panel and select Hue/Saturation. Choose Yellow from the Master drop-down menu and knock saturation back to -80. Next, choose Red and set Saturation to -10. Then switch back to Master and set Lightness to +10.

 

How to straighten and whiten teeth in Photoshop: step 3

03 Add a Mask
Hit Cmd/Ctrl+I to invert the Hue/Saturation layer’s mask, hiding the colour changes. Next, select the Brush tool from the Tools Panel, hit D to reset your foreground colour to white. Finally, paint with a soft-edged brush over the teeth to reveal the colour changes.

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