Join Sue Jenkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Tricks for quick teeth whitening, part of Productivity Tips for Web Designers.
- Hello, friends! This is Sue Jenkins with Productivity Tips for Web Designers. In this week's lesson I'll show you a quick and easy way to whiten teeth in Photoshop. As a designer, one of your functions is to help sell ideas, products and services. When your designs include photographs of people, adding teeth whitening to your workflow can bring a subtle but really effective improvement to any marketing campaign. A nice smile communicates so much in a photograph. It can share warmth, it can instill trust and friendship and it can even make a person seem more likable.
As we age, however, our teeth begin to yellow naturally and stains can accumulate from too much coffee, tea, tobacco or blueberries. And sadly, whitening toothpastes and regular dental visits can only do so much and not everyone can afford to have their teeth professionally whitened. Fortunately, web designers everywhere can perform instant tooth whitening without having to go to dental (chuckles) school. Since it only takes a few seconds to do this, you can use this technique anytime your work includes photographs with people smiling or otherwise showing their teeth.
To whiten teeth in Photoshop, you'll start by opening up your file and then use the Magic Wand or any selection tool on the toolbar to select just your subject's teeth. First you'll select the layer you want to modify and then you can use any tool. Now, I like the Quick Selection Tool to get started so I'll just, kind of, go like this and click on every tooth. If you select too much, just hold down your alt or opt key to get the minus sign and then you may need to go back in with your Lasso Tool to fine tune your selection.
Holding down your shift key will allow you to add to the selection. Don't worry about being too perfect, you just need a general selection area and you can always go back in and refine the selection after you apply this technique. Next, you'll click on the Hue/Saturation button on the Adjustments panel to add a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Next, click on the Master menu and choose the option called Yellows. Now, I want you take that Saturation slider and bring it all the way down to -100.
Now, click the menu again and switch back to Master. If you'd like to make the teeth a little bit whiter, you can increase the Lightness slider to anywhere between +1 and +10. Great! Now, if you need to adjust the mask shape where the teeth whitening is taking place, you can click on the mask thumbnail on your Adjustment layer in the Layers panel, then you can use your Paint Brush Tool and use the small soft-edged brush to paint on the image. Painting with white will add to your selection while painting with black will subtract from the selection.
As a final step, you can either leave the Adjustment layer's Opacity set to 100 or you can bump it down a tiny little bit to let the underlying layer peek through. Here's the way it is after and here's the way it is before. Adding teeth whitening is a dramatic difference. Congratulations! You've now officially become a digital dentist. The next time you have a photo containing a smile, remember, white teeth denotes youth, energy and vibrancy which can help create positive feelings towards products, services and people.
Make the most out of your photos by adding whitening teeth to your web design workflow.
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