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Pocket Tricks : Smile , White Teeth

posted by ugaldew, May 17, 2006 5:51 PM — 36 comments

This is a very short but useful trick in Photoshop , ( 2 minutes max) , That will whiten those ugly yellow teeth. (It is good to keep in mind that sometimes we have this effect because of the lighting besides the usual reasons of course . )

Photo by Vincent Boiteau ©

So Lets Get Started !

>> Step 1

Open your desired portrait and select the teeth area, , you can do it with your favorite tool , but I recommend the “Polygonal Lasso Tool “ (In the Tool Panel ) , as you can see in the sample, it is not a surgery test , the selection doesn’t require great accuracy, however try, to not select the lips or gum

>> Step 2

open the “hue/saturation panel“ ( image / adjust / hue&saturation ) ,

once we have reached it , we have to click the “edit box ” and change it to “Yellow” (this is very important cause the yellows chanel is the responisble for the ugly effect .

The Next is "desaturate" it until you get your desired whiteness

Tip : Do not abuse the whiteness because, the teeth may wont look real or out of place, you can also modify the lightness , so the teeth get whiter

The final work should look like this :

Another example

Tip : I have used this technique in eyes , with good results

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did doing it , please let me know if you find any misuse of the language or if you didn’t get any part of the process

Miguel Ugalde

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1. posted by surely, May 17, 2006 7:43 PM

very useful tutorial.thank you:)

2. posted by Daino_16, May 18, 2006 7:56 AM

Great tute!

3. posted by eka1293, May 24, 2006 3:56 PM

very practical tutoral. thanks for sharing.

4. posted by magstefan, May 26, 2006 8:35 AM

Really great and handsome - good to use, and good to know :) thank you for this!

5. posted by magstefan, Jun 2, 2006 9:35 PM

Hi ! I came just by and thought, give another comment... It is that good. It is, because we do not almost notice it conciously, but on the unconcious side, there is a big difference, on how "white" the teeth are... YOUR TRICK RULES. get a ten from me!

6. posted by magstefan, Jun 2, 2006 9:35 PM

Hi ! I came just by and thought, give another comment... It is that good. It is, because we do not almost notice it conciously, but on the unconcious side, there is a big difference, on how "white" the teeth are... YOUR TRICK RULES. get a ten from me!

7. posted by troopers, Jun 6, 2006 8:32 AM

nice & simple. tanks!

8. posted by troopers, Jun 6, 2006 8:32 AM

thanks :D

9. posted by evek, Jul 21, 2006 11:36 AM

very good and I like your way of discribing things

10. posted by vinish, Jul 31, 2006 8:49 PM

Very nice!! I like it.

11. posted by vjtom, Aug 9, 2006 3:51 AM

thank you !!! It's funny :)

12. posted by gt_owns, Aug 11, 2006 10:22 PM

good technique

13. posted by CristinaMa, Aug 16, 2006 7:58 AM

Awesome!! Thanks!

14. posted by Odyssee, Aug 22, 2006 3:31 PM

It also works, if you use your desk-lamp to illuminate an photo just for kind of ebay.
Of course you should have switched the balancing of white from natural lighting to artificial light, but who cares about something like that when he's concentrated to get the perfect shot?
Well .. the light red or blue (depends on land you're living in and price of lamp) is not perfect, so remove it like shown in this tutorial!
great work

15. posted by VijayDave, Aug 24, 2006 5:47 AM

Wow! everybody like sparkling teeth!
Me too - but I have added one more feature with the white-sparkling teeth; that is crispy lips!
Want to see the example : please, go to my site : or short-cut to the following link: html

Tell me which trick I have used to make sparkling teeth and crispy lips just in two steps!
I will be back!

16. posted by duduhp, Aug 24, 2006 6:45 AM

Wowww cool one ... thankxxx !

17. posted by nimbuz, Sep 5, 2006 6:00 PM

I'm amazed by the knowledge shared here.


18. posted by sdg, Sep 12, 2006 1:22 AM

Super easy to follow and very good fast results.

19. posted by arueff, Oct 25, 2006 2:07 PM

Very simple and really effective. Thanks

20. posted by Briangro, Nov 5, 2006 3:49 PM

You can also use the sponge tool and choose destaturate as mode and it will give almost the same effect; quite good if you are in a hurry...

21. posted by katebug48, Nov 13, 2006 1:21 AM

Very nice! Thanks for this tutorial.

22. posted by balyudong, Dec 8, 2006 3:46 AM

its great, it was add to my graphics effectively.

23. posted by joedore, Feb 16, 2007 9:51 PM

tnx fo' this bro!

24. posted by rhyl, Feb 24, 2007 7:34 AM

great quick 'n' easy tute thx

25. posted by klsetter, Apr 1, 2007 9:22 PM

Perfect, a tool where I searched a long time before - very helpful - many thanks

26. posted by muddam, Apr 7, 2007 11:02 AM

simple, but powerful tutorial. really helps in most of the objects color changing tutorial.

27. posted by ezoeta, Apr 9, 2007 2:40 AM

easy, but works really well. very useful!

28. posted by morleys, Aug 7, 2007 3:54 PM


29. posted by fehimeren, Apr 5, 2008 12:54 PM

good job

30. posted by anghargett, Sep 22, 2008 7:08 PM

great job! Thanks for sharing!

31. posted by escan, Aug 20, 2010 2:39 PM

Great tut bro :)

32. posted by jaya2018, Nov 22, 2010 4:09 AM

Do you have any more photos for Dentists before and after implants to place on a website?

33. posted by Derekimga, Jul 1, 2011 6:57 PM

Great tutorial!!! Thanx for sharing!!!

34. posted by disenoweb9, Feb 22, 2013 7:55 AM

AWESOME. thank you for taking your time to teach us! I really learned a lot. WOW.

35. posted by trainer2, May 31, 2013 9:00 AM

I must say, that you are very good at photography :)

36. posted by carlislekm, Jul 29, 2013 4:36 AM

Very interesting

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