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Sometimes when we're working with specific areas of our photograph or making enhancements, perhaps like enhancing the eyes, in other situations, like with this photograph, we're going to look at how we can make corrections. Here what I want to do is whiten the teeth. So let's zoom in on the image a little bit. Next, let's select the Adjustment Brush by pressing the K key. Here, we will go ahead and click on the Minus icon for Saturation and then let's scroll down to the bottom, and here at the bottom of this dialog, you want to make sure Auto Mask is turned on.
Do you remember the shortcut to turn that on? It's the M key; so press the M key or click on this checkbox. I also want you to turn on your Mask. You can toggle this mask on by pressing the Y key; you can remember that shortcut by thinking, why am I doing this, or why am I working on this area? Well, this mask will show you. Next, we want to choose a nice, bright vivid color, so we can focus in on the area that we're working on. In regards to our Brush Size, it looks like a pretty small brush size will probably work well here.
And next, we're just going to start to click and paint over this part of our image. As we do that, we want to be really careful that the crosshairs are just touching the teeth, that nothing else is touching that area. Next, make the brush smaller by pressing left bracket, and then go ahead and paint across the bottom teeth here. We're going to color correct the top. We also need to color correct the bottom. You may notice there is a little bit of a gap between the teeth that isn't selected. To select that, I'll press the M key to turn off Auto Mask and I'm just going to paint on that.
I'm also going to try to soften my edges here a little bit. Looks like I went just a touch too far in one spot, so I'll go ahead and click on Erase and then I'm just going to Erase that from this top area here. And why am I using this mask, or why do I have this mask turned on? Well again, we use that so that we can see the area that we are working on, and also so that we can see how our adjustment is going to affect that area and what are the edges or the borders of what we've just painted in? Well, now that we can see we have a good selection, we turn off Auto Mask.
Next, we'll back to our controls and here if we desaturate, you can see that we can remove a lot of the color. Click on Preview; here is before, click again, there's after. Yet I also notice that the teeth are a bit too bright. When something has color in it, it can be brighter, but once that color is removed it almost looks like they are shining. Now we don't want that. So here we can then use our other controls and we have to be careful with these. Say Highlights, we can click and drag these to the left, if we go to far things are just going to look really, really bad.
So again, that's why you need to be careful. But typically, by just kind of nudging this over a little bit, this can help out. Next, we can work with our Saturation. We don't need our teeth to go completely pure white; rather, you need to remove a little bit of that yellowing. Click on Preview, you can see there is the before and now here's after. And what I want to do is just dial in just the right amount of all of these settings here, so I'll experiment with my sliders a little bit, till I get it just right, and then there is our before and after.
And as you can see here, we can use this Adjustment Brush to make these really essential corrections that will help our photographs look their best.
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