How To Whiten Teeth In Photoshop

Whether you’re a professional designer or a casual Photoshop user, this tutorial will guide you through the process of how to whitening teeth in Photoshop. We’ll explore three popular and quick techniques to achieve that perfect smile. So let’s dive into today’s toothy tutorial and learn how to whiten teeth in Photoshop!

how to whiten teeth in photoshop

How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop

Let’s dive straight into the techniques on how to whiten teeth in photoshop.

how to whiten teeth in photoshop

Technique 1: Hue/Saturation Adjustment

Step 1:

Get the individual in question, in this case a female who has overindulged in coffee and/or cigarettes over the years, and then let’s see what we can do to give her a set of pearly whites!

Open your project in Photoshop, make sure the layer’s palette is visible, select the layer, and then click New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation at the bottom of the layer’s palette.


Step 2:

Create a New Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. This can be found at the bottom of your Layer panel.



Step 3:

Select the yellow areas of the teeth using the eyedropper tool.



Step 4:

Here, we will decrease the saturation. Reduce the Hue to 0 and the Saturation to -80. If you are not satisfied with the result, you can increase the Lightness until you are satisfied.


how to whiten teeth in photoshop


Step 5: Fine-tune the settings based on your image.

So you are done, but found out that the skin and other areas were affected in the process. Don’t worry, you can easily take care of this. Simply select your Brush Tool. You can use the shortcut “B” to select the Brush tool. Make sure the foreground color is set to black color. Then use the Brush Tool to erase the affected areas.

how to whiten teeth in photoshop


Technique 2: Lasso Tool & Hue/Saturation

Step 1:

Grab your “Laso Tool” and trace part of your teeth you want to work on.

how to whiten teeth in photoshop

Step 2:

Create a New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation just as we did in the previous method.

Step 3:

In the Hue/Saturation panel, use the eyedropper tool to select the yellow areas of the teeth.

Step 4:

Now it’s time to set the Hue and Saturation. Here, will set the Hue to 0 and the Saturation to -80.  Then we brighten it up by setting the lightness to +80.

how to whiten teeth in photoshop

Clean up any artifacts by using a Layer Mask and painting over the affected areas.



You’ve learned three effective techniques to whiten teeth in Photoshop. These methods are suitable for both beginners and experienced users. Enjoy your newfound skills in creating a perfect set of pearly whites!



What version of Photoshop do I need?

You can use any version of Photoshop, including Photoshop Elements, to whiten teeth. These techniques utilize the core tools available in both versions, allowing you to achieve the desired results.


Photoshop isn’t removing the yellow from the teeth. What should I do?

The main issue here is that you haven’t color picked the yellow from the teeth before adjusting the hue, saturation, and lightness. To resolve this, ensure that you use the color picker tool to select the yellows. By doing so, you are instructing Photoshop to modify the specific yellow tones and achieve the desired whitening effect.


How can I whiten teeth in Photoshop Elements?

The techniques for whitening teeth in Photoshop work just as effectively in Photoshop Elements. Ensure that you are not using an extremely outdated version of Elements. The hue/saturation, lasso tool, and dodge/sponge tool are commonly found in most photo editing applications and software, including Adobe products. So, you can confidently make these edits in Photoshop Elements as well.


How to whiten teeth in Photoshop Express?

While I haven’t used Photoshop Express recently, if you’re using it, you need to ensure that you can make advanced selections. If you can only use the sponge/dodge tool, that’s also fine, but it may require more experimentation and careful editing on your part.


Is there a Photoshop action to whiten teeth?

There are a few Photoshop Teeth Whitening actions available. However, it’s worth noting that by the time you purchase and install a plugin or action, and apply it to your image, you could have quickly learned and implemented the techniques described in this tutorial. These techniques can achieve the same results without spending money on additional plugins or actions.


How to whiten teeth and eyes in Photoshop?

While this tutorial focuses on teeth whitening, the same techniques can generally be applied to whiten eyes in Photoshop. If you need to edit an eyeball that appears yellow or slightly pink/bloodshot, you can use similar color selection techniques to desaturate and lighten the specific colors.

However, keep in mind that teeth are typically more yellow than eyes, making teeth whitening a bit more challenging. When editing eyes, you may encounter tiny blood vessels and other abnormalities that require attention. Nonetheless, by following the techniques outlined in this tutorial, you’ll be able to achieve the desired results for both teeth and eyes.


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