TheArtofRetouching.com - This tutorial is going to be about teeth whitening and teeth straightening. I chose this picture for no reason other than the teeth. This person on the right has pretty good-looking teeth. It has clean definition, they are straight and color looks good. The person in the middle has teeth are crooked, and have a yellowed tint to them. The person on the left has severe yellowing. Even though the teeth look straight, there's gunk on there. Let's retouch all three sets of teeth using Photoshop.

I'm going to start by straightening these teeth. So, I'm going to be using the cloning tool. I'm going stamp down there, actually I'm going to stamp down here, then come down a little bit, because I didn't like how dark that was. Then I'm going to swing over like this. We'll just come in here like this.

What I'm doing here is more than just straightening the teeth. I'm actually sculpting the teeth, which is a lot of what you're doing with the cloning tool. It's just sculpting, creating, defining.

Now for the sake of the tutorial I'm probably not going to go crazy with the straightening on this. I'm just going to make an improvement. Then a little bit more here.

Now one of the things that you want to do is to remove any super darks, or super whites when working on the teeth. So, for example we have this very white spot right here. What I'm going to want to do is actually remove that. You don't want that super shine in there, because it becomes very distracting in the end when you're finished with the whole retouching. This area is just too dark for my taste. I'm also going to continue to fill in between the teeth to some degree. I don't want there to be any sharp color shift between the teeth, those super darks were really bad looking. So we don't want that. Good enough.

The next thing that we're going to do, after I finish being meticulous... that's good enough. It's at least straightened out. It's fine for these purposes. Now I'm going to use the quick mask, I'm going to fill in these teeth. OK, and the last little bit down here. It doesn't have to be perfect.

What I'm going to do is I'm going to create my selective color, again, as I do in most of my tutorials. I'm going to grab the neutrals, I think. And I'm going to pull down some magentas and pull out some yellows. Yeah, that's where it's going to be. But I can't grab nearly as much as I had wanted to, because those blues are too stark too. So, we have to bring them all down together. Here we go.

Now something I just noticed as I was 5.5 minutes into this video is that I've been working on the background layer. I thought I was working on an additional layer to do all this cloning stuff. This is a problem for my tutorial reasons. I should not be showing you such clumsy stuff, and I should redo it, however this is actually the fourth time that I have worked on this particular video because of one problem after another. So, I'm going to take the lazy road and we're going to pretend that I actually worked on a new layer. We'll do that again when we work on the other lady's teeth. So, we're just going to forget that ever happened.

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