How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop (A Helpful Guide)

In Photoshop, to do the teeth whiten editors require to use the Hue or saturation adjustment layer. This would help us to do whiten and brighten the teeth. Here you would learn to whiten teeth for a single person.

How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop

After, we would help you to study about two people in that photo. for that, separate adjustment layers would ease. When obeying this process use any photo where one person’s teeth look whiter than the separate person.  In this tutorial, I would use this image.


Raw Model Image With Yellow Teeth

After zooming the picture there are some yellow teeth, the person on the left. Using the technique of brightening both person’s teeth can be white. By using a single hue or the saturation layer, whiten and brighten teeth can be made. 

Final Image: Model Teeth is Whiten

Final Image: Model Teeth is Whiten

Overview of the teeth whitening in Photoshop tutorials:

The teeth whitening and brightening process of Photoshop and is an effective way to change the color of the yellowish teeth. However, effects aging is the reason for teeth yellow color.

With this effect teeth in the photo would be more charming and smiles would be brighter.

The intention to do this in the photoshop edit could be several. No matter what the color of your teeth is, teeth whitening in photoshop would make your smile sumptuous.

What benefit would you get if you learn this process in Photoshop?

Well, here is the answer to this question: At every special event in our life, we took the photo. we try to keep our moment alive with this photo. but in the group photo, everyone’s teeth color is not the same.

So, with the help of teeth whitening technique imbalance of teeth, color can be removed.

Hence, don’t worry about which event you are attending wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation- teeth whitening could make your smile stunning.

Similarly, if you are a photographer of a fashion house or want to publish a photo in the magazine teeth whitening technique is compulsory.

Now let’s start the way of teeth whitening-

Whiten Teeth in Photoshop Step by Step Tutorial

Way of Whiten teeth in Photoshop-

Photoshop CC is used here for the tutorial. It is amicable with Photoshop CS6. 

Step 1 – Select the Lasso Tool Photoshop

Begin the illustration with selection everywhere of the teeth. After that, use the lasso tool from the Toolbar.


Step 2- Selecting the Teeth with Lasso Tools

When editors trying to whiten the teeth in the photo, they edit like two or more people. They try to whiten every person’s teeth at a single period. However, the quantity of the whitening of the teeth differs from person to person.

So, it is not possible to do teeth whitening of more than one person at a single period. That is why begin with the man on the left.

Now illustrate the selection everywhere of the teeth. Later it is possible to clean it if the selection is not perfect. However, select everywhere of the teeth also be careful to stay close to the edges.


Using the lasso tool illustration of a selection outline is done around the teeth.

Step 3- How to Adjustment Hue/ Saturation Layer

Now open the layer then click New Fill. Also, click on the Adjustment Layer icon which is at the bottom of the Layers Panel

Choose hue saturation Ps

Choose hue saturation


The procedure of click on the new fill/ Adjustment layer  

After this step adjustment layer if hue and saturation appear above the Background layer.


In the image adjustment is added

Step 4- Transform the Option of Editing into the Yellows

In Photoshop’s Properties panel there are control and options. Which is used for the Hue and Saturation adjustment layer? This layer influences the colors of the image quality, and that is why the edit option is added to the master.


Use the Master by default in the edit option.

In the image of the teeth whitening, editors need to edit only the yellow teeth. so, change the option of the edit to yellows.


Transform the master into yellow in the edit option

Step 5- Minimize the yellow saturation

Open the saturation slider. And now, drag to left. When you pull this then more yellow color will be desaturated. Now teeth in the image would be whiter than prior. However, in the natural teeth, there is some yellow color and recognize it when saturating.

Therefore, when you transferring the slider of the saturation in the left when I was doing here:

saturation slider neg PS cc

Using the saturation slider to move -100

But if anyone removes the yellow completely, then teeth will be dull and inert.

teeth color removed photoshop

Teeth which are grey and white are not healthy.

Therefore, look at the image in which the saturation level of yellow would look like a natural tooth. If the editor finds the perfect level of saturation of yellow fixed the slider. For this image, a level of saturation is -80 would be good. 

whiten teeth saturation

whiten teeth saturation controlling

Before and after of the Teeth Whitening in Photoshop

Teeth whitened images should correlate with the original look. In this way, you can critic the overall outcome. There is a clarity icon in the layers panel. To hide the effects of the layer of adjustment click it. Then the adjustment layer would be temporarily hidden and the original image can be found. To go back to the edited version of the whitened click again on the alignment layer and here editor can view it…

Use the adjustment layer on and off by using visibility toggle icon

Use the adjustment layer on and off by using the visibility icon.

Look at this image you can easily discover the result of the development of before and after. Original teeth image is in the left where edited teeth in the left. All the edited teeth are not removed whole yellow only.

teeth brightening closeup CC

teeth brightening closeup look

Step 6- Use the edit mode to go back to the master

After the teeth whitening now teeth should be brightening. To do the change the edit option. Then find the properties panel and change it from yellow to the master. In this way, the color arrangement of all colors would feasible at one time.

Use the setting and change it to master

Use the setting and change it to master

Step 7- To brighten the teeth use the lightness slider

Open the lightness slider and click it. Then start to shift towards the right. The more you move it the more light it will be. Be careful when moving the slider and don’t brighten them abundantly. In this image. Lightness +20 will work very well.

whiten teeth lightness

Use the setting and change it to master

Now teeth are brighter. Though it depends on the lasso tool. If the selection is accurate. However, there is an undesired problem of brightening is created. In this tutorial, some lips and gums become brightening at the bottom of the teeth. This area could clean the following way.

There are areas around the teeth which is brightened.

There are areas around the teeth which are brightened.

Step 8: Use the brush tool

Built-in a layer mask is added in the adjustment layer feature of Photoshop. When editors edit, they see the layer mask thumbnail in the layers panel. In this thumbnail, there is a hue or saturation adjustment layer. Most of the area of the thumbnail is black a few of the areas are white.

Adjustment layers are used on the white area but the Black area is not affected. Also, the initial Lasso Tool selection is used in Photoshop for making the layer mask. Hence, editors try to fill the selected area with white and another area with black. This color correction aids in fixing unwanted problems due to light reflection during photography.

Layer mask thumbnail photoshop transparency control

Using the layer mask thumbnail of the hue or saturation adjustment layer.

Use the brush for paint on the layer mask to clean up around the teeth, if you don’t find it select it from the Toolbar.

Brush tool Photoshop

Brush tool selection

Step 9: Lock the foreground color to the Black

There is some area in the photo that is unwanted which demands to be painted black. The foreground color is the current color of the editors. This color is similar to the brush color and sets the foreground color to black. In the toolbar bottom foreground and background, the color swatches option appears. The swatch in the upper left is the foreground where the swatch in the lower right is the background color.

You may reset the background and foreground color into the defaults by pressing the D letter on the keyboard. Hence, this would deliver the foreground color into the white and background color into the black.

So, Turn the color and lock the foreground color into black. To do that use the X on the keyboard.

Color-Swatches Photoshop

The color of the foreground had better be black

Step 10- Need to Clean up the area use the paint around the teeth.

In the photo, if there is any quandary paint it around the teeth for cleaning up. Hence, this can be done with the soft edges brush. Also, the size of the brush can be adjusted from the keyboard.

On the keyboard, there is a left bracket key ( [ ) and right bracket key ( ] ) for increasing and shrinking the brush. Use the left bracket key by holding a shift which will make the brush softer. When you do the same technique with the right bracket key brush edges will be hard.

Example: teeth washing around the area

In this article, I will paint the upper area of the lip and the gum line. From the above area of the teeth, the paint would help to remove the whitening and brightening. In the layer mask painting, editing is not done on the image.

For this, it is not feasible to see the brush color as the paint.  Nevertheless, the impact of the hue or saturation correction may go away

whiten teeth cleanup upper lip

Whiten teeth cleanup upper lip.

If there is a problem at the bottom of the teeth paint the area so that you can exclude the whitening and brighten from the lower part of the lip.

whiten teeth cleanup lower lip

Whiten teeth cleanup lower lip

It is possible to exclude the error of the paint over the teeth. On the keyboard press X to switch the background and foreground colors. When you do this brush, the color changes to white.

Now, paint the incorrect image portion and do the correction of whitening. To go back to the black press again the X and continue the editing.

Here the predicament areas that are on the left and right can be painted. Teeth are now whiter and brighter than the previous look. Also, the area around the teeth also normal.

whiten teeth cleanup after

Cleaning outcome of the nearby area of the teeth.

Precise teeth brightness modification.

One area is not good in the photo of the teeth. in the image, shadows are cast in them which makes them initially darker than the other three bottom teeth. these teeth would look tarnished and washed out when the brightening is done with the slider.

whiten teeth problem area

Some teeth are not natural light.

Use the lower brush opacity to adjust the layer on precise teeth. However, this can reduce the effect of the Hue or Saturation. In the options bar where you can find the opacity to command.

Brush opacity Photoshop

Brush opacity dropping.

After, the color should be black in the brush of Photoshop. However, the painting could help the teeth to restore to the previous version brightness. Finally, if the editing is finished make opacity to 100%. Else, there is a possibility to get a surprising result when you edit for the following time.

whiten teeth brush opacity

The result after editing of man teeth (whitening & brightening).

Now, zoom out the photo, and look there is the final version of editing. What is the result? Yes, it is good after all.

The Final Result of Whiten Teeth in Photoshop

Therefore, follow the tutorial steps from the above and get benefitted from it. No matter what event you are going through your smile is the game-changer of the photo.

Now, then this tutorial of whiten teeth in Photoshop is actually quite long. Hence, this is not so easy to do. You must concentrate on learning and making them look naturally beautiful.

Now, If you like this article, please share it with your friends. However, if you find it difficult please let us know. We will be glad to hear from you.

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