Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Brightening teeth, part of Aperture: Portrait Retouching.
In this movie, we're going to work on a pretty smile and, how fun is that. I like the smile on Michelle's shot right here, so I think we'll, we'll use this as an opportunity to take a look at working on the teeth just a bit. So what I'm going to do is, we're going to go ahead and make a version of this. So duplicate this version here, and we will go to our Info, and we will make that Edit two, hit the Tab key, and this will be our smile shot right here. So I'm going to open that up.
Now I think what I want to do is just focus the shot on the smile. I think it's a very pretty. So I'm going to go to the Crop tool and we're just going to bring this in just a bit, just something like this. Maybe just frame, use the hair just to frame it just a bit, something like that. Let's see here, bring that in a bit tighter, bring this up.
Just really, let's make this a smile shot. Okay, something like that. Just really going to move in. Okay. Beautiful. Alright, now what I want to do is actually work on the teeth a bit. So, I'm going to hit the Z key. And we'll move right in here. And I'll hold down the space bar. Now, it's funny when you zoom in you always see little things here and there. So, I want to go ahead and fix this before we start working on the teeth.
So, I'll just grab my Retouch tool, just bring it down a bit, just do a repair right there. Take care of that. Here we go. Now, this smile is already beautiful, right, and so, I'm not sure how much I can improve it. But, I will show you the technique and then we will take it from there (LAUGH). these are great problems to have aren't they? So the thing about smiles is that again, like I've done in some of the earlier movies, I work with colour and not so much just dodging and burning and things like that.
I think it's more elegant and it's a bit smoother. So, we're going to do that again right here. And we already have a color brick going. We've used it already. So I'm going to create another color brick just for the smile. So we're going to add a new color adjustment. And again, we know it's the new one because nothing's happened. All the sliders are in In their standard position. And, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to take a sample, of this tooth right here.
And, if you can't quite get a clean sample, what you can do is, you can open this up here and zoom in a bit. Make them 100%. I'll make that 200%. We will go until we get what we want right. Here we go. That's all. I want a nice, clean sample of that tooth.
And you notice, right here, see, there is color there. And that's the thing. You know, we're working on teeth, we're really working more on color than we are, you know, brightness. So now that I've sampled that color, I'm going to Brush color in, we're going to get ourselves a brush here. And, I'm going to pull the strength down a bit, I always like to do that in the beginning. And, pull the softness down a bit, and, pull the brush size down.
I'm just, not going to work with a very big brush here. And I'm going to take that color and I'm just going to make it a little bit brighter. So I'm going to bump the luminescence, the luminescence. So here we go, I'm just going to paint, just like this. Just work on that. Now when you don't see a whole lot in the beginning. That is okay because you can always add more.
You can always brighten it up. We can always add a little bit more strength then go in again and just brighten up that. Tooth just a bit there. What we want to do is, make it a little bit closer to this one right here, that's our goal. And since it has color in there, so probably desaturating a bit will help.
Look at that, is that neat, see, just desaturate a little bit. I'm going to turn that off and on. So here we are with the tooth that's just a little yellow. And then here we are just brightening it up a bit. And I don't go crazy with this. I work on the teeth that maybe are a little out of line with the other ones. If all the teeth are a little. Maybe on the yellow side which they can be.
I know certainly mine are then we can brighten them up but you don't want to go, you know Hollywood star tooth whitening here because it can really look unnatural. We're going to zoom out here. You see now I have a very natural smile and we'll turn that off and on one more time so you can see it. See how it just brings that one tooth in line with the other? And I'm done. I don't think in Michelle's case here, I need to do anything more with her teeth.
If I wanted to though, you could apply this same technique to the other teeth, and just brighten things up a bit. Again though, I'm just going to caution Be conservative when you do tooth whitening. Don't go crazy here. A little bit goes a long ways.
- Assessing your image
- Retouching blemishes
- Enhancing skin texture
- Adding highlights to the hair
- Adjusting clothing and backdrop color
- Brightening and sharpening eyes
- Converting to black and white