Tooth whitening with both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is a nice straight forward technique you can master in a few minutes.
Now - why would anyone want to do a tooth whitening (digital dental hygiene) on an image?
Here's why ...
Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself and cringed in horror and emabarassment because the only part of the picture you saw was unsightly yellow teeth?
No matter how good the overall image it just seems the eyes snap to those teeth.
Tooth Whitening - Before and After
Be calm - take deep breaths - this tutorial will show you how to remedy this problem quickly and effectively with Photoshop and Elements (unless you decide to visit a real, live dental hygenist).
Digital Dental Hygiene
|Before Dodging||After Dodging|
Oops - darn it!
OK - there is a problem with this effort at dodging out the stains. The separation between the teeth has also been dodged out and the area just looks - well - wrong.
Here is the problem ...
The space between the first and second teeth on the left looks natural while the space between the second and third and the third and fourth doesn't look right, does it?
I have two choices now - I can
Here's how to fix this problem.
|Step 1 - zoom in
tight on the space between the first and second tooth and create a
selection of the darker natural looking area.
Make the selection with the Marquee Selection Tool.
|Step 2 - Ctrl-C or
Cmd-C to make a copy of the selection and then Ctrl-J or Cmd-J to paste
the copy on a new layer.
Grab the Move Tool, make sure the newly created layer is activated and drag the selection over to its new home between the second and third teeth.
Notice that the selection now has a little bounding box with a handle at the bottom.
3 - Position the selection exactly where you want it.
The selection may not be oriented correctly and that is easy
|Step 4 - To make the
selection longer or shorter just grab one of the handles on the
bounding box and move up or down until it is the correct length.
If the selection is at the wrong angle place your cursor over the little handle at the bottom of the box and the cursor will change into a circle with little arrows on it - thismeans you can change the angle of the selection.
When the first one is satisfactory then follow the same steps with any other problems like this that need repairing.
That's pretty much it for removings stains - now its time to add some digital polish to those teeth with a Soft Light Layer ...
Create a new layer and when the New Layer Dialog comes up, drop down Mode: and select Soft Light Layer.Directly below Mode there is a check box (Fill With Soft-Light neutral color (50% gray)). Put a check mark in the box and click OK.
Almost there ...
Drop down the Tablet Options and select Opacity so that the harder you press the pen the lighter the image.Start lightly painting the teeth and they will become progressively whiter. Resist the temptation to spend too much time in one place or you risk getting the teeth too white. What you want is some natural tooth whitening - like a good digital dental hygienist!
Keep at it until you are satisfied. Zoom out to check your progress from time to time.Here is the final layers palette ...
This Tooth Whitening technique is painting intensive with the ...