An Easy Way to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop

Hey guys! If any of you are like me, you want to edit pictures of yourself to make you look better. Normally, I just do it for my Facebook profile pic (real cool, i know). Other times, though, I’ve had to turn in a picture of myself for recognition, print, a website, whatever, and obviously, I want to look good. So here’s a quick tutorial on how to whiten your teeth (without it looking too fake):

I’m gonna use a general picture off of Google Images (pay no attention to the awful stache)


Step 1: Once you open the picture in Photoshop, use the lasso tool to select the area around the mouth. You don’t have to be perfect. Just make sure you get all teeth in your selection.

Step 2: In the bottom right corner, under the layer tab, click on “Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer” and choose “Hue/Saturation”. The lasso selection will go away, but don’t worry! That’s what it’s supposed to do.

Step 3: You should now see a drop down box that says “Master” under the Adjustment tab. Choose “Yellow”, and adjust the lightness to make the teeth as white as you’d like.

Step 4: Go back to the drop down box, and now select “Master”. Adjust the saturation as you see fit (Depending on the teeth color, you may need to take extreme measures or barely do anything at all). You may start to see the area around the mouth fill in with color. That’s okay too! It’s because you selected more around the mouth than just the teeth. We’ll take care of that next.

Step 5: Next, click on “Edit” at the top, then choose “Fill”. In the box that pops up, choose “Black” under the Content: Use drop down box. If you did this correctly, the teeth should go back to their original color.

Step 6: The final step is simple. Use the Brush Tool to color the teeth back to the white that you created in the “Hue/Saturation” adjustment. Be careful to hit just the teeth with the tool. If you use it on the area around the mouth that you selected, that’ll change color too.

And there you have it! Perfectly, whitened teeth without getting TOO complicated. I hope you have fun with this, because I surely did! 🙂