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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the ways to make a subtle yet significant improvement to your photographs is to sometimes work on teeth whitening. Now, one of the things to keep in mind in regards to working on teeth is that what we're trying to do is not to make pure white teeth. Rather, we simply want to brighten them and remove a little bit of the yellow. Let's zoom in on this image. Wonderful smile, wonderful tone, the image is a little bit warm, so the teeth have a little bit of a yellow cast. Well, let's correct that. Here's how we're going to do it. What we're going to do is we're going to go over to our Adjustment layer icon and click on Hue/Saturation.
Next, we'll click on the Target Adjustment tool and then click on the teeth and drag to the left. Now, as I do this, what I'm doing is removing a lot of the yellow hue from this area. Let's click on the eye icon. Here we can see our before and then after. Well, let's keep going with this, and we're going to go ahead and remove some more of this. I'm just going to take out quite a bit here, so that we can see how this works. All right, zooming in a little bit closer, so we can really focus in on the teeth. Here we have our before, and then our after.
Now the only problem with this is I'm removing the yellow from the entire image. That's not very good. So here's what we need to do. Let's invert the mask. We can do that by a shortcut. It's Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on a PC. Then press the B key to select your Brush tool. What you want to do is paint with white. So my color picker, currently black is in the foreground. I hit X, and it flips out, so white is in the foreground. Next, I'm going to simply go ahead and paint over this area of the teeth.
As I paint on this area, you can see that I am successfully whitening this portion of the image. We'll just go ahead and make our way through here, little bit smaller brush, down below, simple and easy teeth whitening. Here we have our before, and then our after. Zooming out a little bit, so we can see the entirety of the photograph, and just make sure we have got all of the different areas that we need to get. Once again, here is our before and then our after.
That's a subtle, yet significant improvement.
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