Regular readers will know that for the past few weeks, every Friday I’ve been posting a variety of recommendations under the heading of ‘Follow Friday’ or #FF for the Twitter users amongst you. The weekly posts have included such things as recommended people to follow on Twitter, Podcasts to follow on iTunes, YouTube Channels and so on…
Twitter generally uses the hashtag symbol (#) to ‘tag’ topics/subjects so I thought I’d start my own this week and I’m calling it ‘Photoshop Friday’ or rather #photoshopfriday.
The idea is that (time permitting) every Friday I will post a #photoshopfriday containing a quick and simple Photoshop tip or technique. So as it’s Friday let’s kick things off with a technique…
Teeth Whitening in 10 Seconds:
In all the time I’ve been using Photoshop I’ve seen and used more techniques for whitening teeth than I care to remember. Techniques using the Quick Mask to first select the teeth, feathering selections, using the pen tool and a number of different adjustment layers such a Curves, Levels, Hue & Saturation and so it goes on…
Now granted they all ‘did the job’ but to be honest, although a necessary part of the editing workflow, whitening teeth has never really excited me so I’ve always been looking for a ‘down and dirty’ way to do it and do it quickly; so, here’s a technique that I now use to do just that:
Using the ‘Lasso’ tool make a rough selection of the area containing the teeth. (Don’t concern yourself with being accurate or going over lips, gums etc…)
Using a Hue & Saturation Adjustment, select the ‘Yellows’ and then move the ‘Lightness’ slider to the right until you’re happy with how white and how bright the teeth become.
…and that’s all there is to it.
Of course for a little more control and flexibility, before you make any adjustments duplicate the layer you’re working on by going to the LAYER Menu at the top of the screen and then choosing NEW…LAYER VIA COPY or if you like keyboard shortcuts CMD or CTRL + J will do the same. Once you have done this you’ll be able to use the Opacity slider on the layer you’ve made the adjustements (teeth whitening) to fine tune how white and bright you want the teeth to be.
* Kudos again goes to Calvin Hollywood from whom I learned this gem of a technique saving me literally hours of editing time; Calvin you’re the man! 🙂
Have a great weekend whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you next week.