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Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 103 of 118

Brightening Teeth


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 103 of 118

Brightening Teeth


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Brightening Teeth

First thing's first, here. We're gonna go ahead and just open up our image into Adobe CameraRoll. Now, I had my lovely assistant, my wife, helping me with this, so you have to kind of see this, 'cause it's just a little bit funny. When you're trying to tell someone how to focus on the eyes, and you take 150 some odd pictures to try and do that, you start to look like that. We don't want to process this one. We just want to process this one. So, before I even start the whole retouching process, because I am shooting with the raw file, I'm gonna start by just making a nice little baseline photograph for me to work off of, right here in Adobe CameraRoll. And here, I might fix things like my white balance, the exposure, and just getting the image right before I hop into Photoshop. Now, I'm not gonna do a whole lot of the hard or heavy lifting, I should say here, of the actual retouching. I'm gonna leave that to Photoshop, because it's got an abundance of layers and tools that are gonna hel...

p me make these modifications. So, what I'm working on is, I'm typically right here, I'm just trying to get maybe the exposure a little bit brighter, bring out some of the shadows in the background there, maybe boost up those shadows just a little bit. And then drop those highlights, because they're pretty hot on my face right there. Some of these things, I could do in Photoshop, but it's just so much easier to do them right here, so that the original raw file has these saved in the XPM sidecar file. I can look at the white balance. If I use the white balance tool, press I, I can press and hold shift... I can just press hold shift. Why is it doing that, I don't want that. There we go. I'll just go ahead and press and hold shift and make a selection for the area on my face, to see if it fixes the white balance. If it doesn't, if my white balance is already pretty good, all I gotta do is press control Z, command or control Z, to back up and reverse that. It's just basically a check. If I need to add more temperature there manually, because the automated process of the white balance isn't quite working out for me, I can maybe make this a little bit more on the yellow side and add a little bit more magenta to that, to add some life and color to the image. So, here we are before, and our after. Little bit of color, little bit of exposure, not a whole lot working there. So let's go ahead and open this up and start working on this in Photoshop. The whole time we're working on any of these portrait retouches, what we want to do is we always want to consider making things that are non-destructive. So I'm never gonna do anything to this background layer that is going to destroy the effects of this background layer, or destroy the integrity, I should say, of the background layer. If it's going to, if you know for a fact that you might need some of the data from this to what, what I would do is I'd press command or control J right now to duplicate this before I even start, and then what I might even do, just so I know, take the lock off of this, press control G on this to put it in its own group. That way I know, that's the original stuff. I can even double-click on here and say original. If I can spell. Or-i-gi-nal. I can even turn that layer off, now. That's just, if I ever need to go back to it, I have it. That's really being kind of nitpicky on this whole non-destructive thing. Some people don't do that, it's just one of those steps that I might take, especially when I'm working on a portrait like this. The first thing I'm gonna do, because it's probably the easiest, I'm gonna work on using the hue/saturation adjustment layer to whiten the teeth. And when whitening the teeth, we can also whiten the eyes at the same time, so we have to get uncomfortably close to ourself, especially if we're doing our own portrait retouch, and zoom in pretty close to these things. I know you and I are gonna get sick of looking at I, here. (laughing) So I'm gonna go ahead, add the HSL adjustment here. And with the hue/saturation adjustment layer, I'm gonna go ahead and modify the yellows in the image. This is most likely what I'm gonna modify. But if I take the targeted adjustment tool and I click on that color, it might actually be something else. Like, right now, it's actually telling me that there's a little bit of red, a little bit of yellow in those teeth. So those are two colors that I'm gonna want to pay attention to when editing those teeth. You see that? Like, this side is red, this side is yellow. Right, there is yellow, don't prove me wrong, okay. So what I'll do here is I'll just drop the saturation a little bit in that. And what you can also do, because if yellow is yellow, yellow is yellow for a reason, it's yellow because it doesn't have a lot of blue present within that pixel. So, you can either drop the saturation of the color yellow, or you could start moving the hue of the color yellow closer to the color blue to allow more blue to be incorporated into that color yellow, because if we look at the complimentary colors, complimentary colors, when added together, will even each-other out. So if I move the hue over, you're gonna start to see that as I move the hue closer to the blues, the teeth do get a little bit whiter as well. And then drop saturation a little bit. Increase the lightness. And I start to get whiter teeth. Now, you'll notice what happens here. That's selecting all the yellow in the whole image, and we'll take care of that in a second. What I'm concerned about right now is just getting those teeth whiter. You don't want to drop the saturation all the way down to something like negative 100, 'cause what that's doing is it's making them look unnatural. So, here's a story for you. When I was getting, I have a bunch of teeth in my face that are not real. Just a gee-whiz thing about Blake. Happens to all of us as we get older. Our teeth start to break and I'll do all kind of crazy things. So as I'm at my dentist's office, and he's looking at my teeth and what colors he wants to use to put in my mouth, he's not saying, well, I'm gonna use white. He actually has a palette that has multiple different colors of yellow on it, and he'll take that palette and put it up to the other teeth in my face and say, okay, well, these teeth are this shade of yellow, so I'm gonna go ahead and use this shade of yellow to make your new teeth. So, even when a dentist makes our new teeth, he's not using or she's not using pure white in order to put that in there, 'cause it would look really funny if these two teeth that are fake right here end up being, bling, bright white next to all these yellow teeth. So, don't be ashamed to let some of that yellow shine through a little bit there, okay? Again, some people will say, just make 'em white. Well, it doesn't look natural, it doesn't look normal. So what I need to do is I need to actually separate this mask and make it black, so that the effect is not gonna be taking effect, because now I'm gonna use, basically, like a paintbrush, or a toothbrush, and brush in my teeth. So, press command or control I, and now we'll see that you can definitely see the difference there, how much more vibrant those teeth are without being pure white. They don't need to be pure white. Press command or control I on that, and if I press B, for my brush tool, and use the color white on that mask, I can start bringing back some of that color, white color on my teeth, though I guess I should say absence of color. That's what we're going for. And then... That's what we painted in. Before, after. Before, after. Now, if we go up to the eyes, the eyes might have some yellow in them to, so we could just come up here and just paint in some of those areas in the eyes, just really delicately and really lightly. Having a WACOM tablet when you're doing retouching is amazing, 'cause you can get really light, really pressure-sensitive, and you're basically painting on a face. Again, very subtle changes to the teeth. Notice how, when I wanted to whiten the teeth, I didn't just add a white layer and put white on those teeth. We're using hue/saturation. You can also use something like selective color. If you went into each one of those individual colors in the selective color, you could remove some of the blue, or you could add some blue to the color yellow to brighten those teeth up as well with selective color, if you wanted to do it that way. Again, there's many many different ways that you're gonna see to do this. If we were to go ahead and go into the reds, 'cause we did see some reds in there as well, see, there's a lot of presence of red, there we go. That looks natural, let's keep that. So I might drop that saturation a little bit, bump that up. Especially because what I'm doing here to the eyes and to the teeth at the same is actually really helpful. We don't want the eyes to be unnaturally white and the teeth to be unnaturally white separately. And also, what it's doing there as well is, because I'm moving the reds there, it's taking some of the edge off of the veins in my eye by dropping those, a little bit of the saturation out of those reds and making them a little bit whiter. I don't want to go that white, because it looks unnatural. Just something right about there. Before, after. Before, after. Now, if we zoom out, that'll be the true test. If it's like, bling, you can definitely tell. When you're zoomed in that close, it's kind of like, it's very difficult to tell just how white those things are, but as soon as you zoom out, you can definitely see it. So, on, off. Looks pretty good. If I don't want to go back and tinker with those effects, I could just lightly blend that in using something like opacity. Just come down here to opacity, drop the opacity to about 90%, and let a little bit of that color shine through underneath. If it's looking a little overly white in those yellow areas, just drop the opacity a little bit. And that looks good, but I'm gonna drop it a little bit more. That looks good.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
  • Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
  • Smart Objects, Transforming, Actions, Filters, and Editing Video
  • Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


  1. Bootcamp Introduction
  2. The Bridge Interface
  3. Setting up Bridge
  4. Overview of Bridge
  5. Practical Application of Bridge
  6. Introduction to Raw Editing
  7. Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
  8. Global Tools Part 1
  9. Global Tools Part 2
  10. Local Tools
  11. Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
  12. Toolbars, Menus and Windows
  13. Setup and Interface
  14. Adobe Libraries
  15. Saving Files
  16. Introduction to Cropping
  17. Cropping for Composition in ACR
  18. Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
  19. Cropping for the Subject in Post
  20. Cropping for Print
  21. Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
  22. Introduction to Layers
  23. Vector & Raster Layers Basics
  24. Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
  25. Organizing and Managing Layers
  26. Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
  27. Screen and Multiply and Overlay
  28. Soft Light Blend Mode
  29. Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
  30. Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
  31. Introduction to Layer Styles
  32. Practical Application: Layer Tools
  33. Introduction to Masks and Brushes
  34. Brush Basics
  35. Custom Brushes
  36. Brush Mask: Vignettes
  37. Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
  38. Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
  39. Mask Groups
  40. Clipping Masks
  41. Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
  42. Practical Applications: Masks
  43. Introduction to Selections
  44. Basic Selection Tools
  45. The Pen Tool
  46. Masks from Selections
  47. Selecting Subjects and Masking
  48. Color Range Mask
  49. Luminosity Masks Basics
  50. Introduction to Cleanup Tools
  51. Adobe Camera Raw
  52. Healing and Spot Healing Brush
  53. The Clone Stamp Tool
  54. The Patch Tool
  55. Content Aware Move Tool
  56. Content Aware Fill
  57. Custom Cleanup Selections
  58. Introduction to Shapes and Text
  59. Text Basics
  60. Shape Basics
  61. Adding Text to Pictures
  62. Custom Water Marks
  63. Introduction to Smart Objects
  64. Smart Object Basics
  65. Smart Objects and Filters
  66. Smart Objects and Image Transformation
  67. Smart Objects and Album Layouts
  68. Smart Objects and Composites
  69. Introduction to Image Transforming
  70. ACR and Lens Correction
  71. Photoshop and Lens Correction
  72. The Warp Tool
  73. Perspective Transformations
  74. Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
  75. Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
  76. Making Your First Action
  77. Modifying Actions After You Record Them
  78. Adding Stops to Actions
  79. Conditional Actions
  80. Actions that Communicate
  81. Introduction to Filters
  82. ACR as a Filter
  83. Helpful Artistic Filters
  84. Helpful Practical Filters
  85. Sharpening with Filters
  86. Rendering Trees
  87. The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
  88. Introduction to Editing Video
  89. Timeline for Video
  90. Cropping Video
  91. Adjustment Layers and Video
  92. Building Lookup Tables
  93. Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
  94. ACR to Edit Video
  95. Animated Gifs
  96. Introduction to Creative Effects
  97. Black, White, and Monochrome
  98. Matte and Cinematic Effects
  99. Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
  100. Gradients
  101. Glow and Haze
  102. Introduction to Natural Retouching
  103. Brightening Teeth
  104. Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
  105. Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
  106. Advanced Clean Up Techniques
  107. Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
  108. ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
  109. Portrait Workflow Techniques
  110. Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
  111. Landscape Workflow Techniques
  112. Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
  113. Composite Workflow Techniques
  114. Landscape Composite Projects
  115. Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
  116. Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
  117. Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
  118. Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


a Creativelive Student

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Robert Andrews

Blake Rudis is the absolute best in teaching photoshop. His knowledge and how he presents the instruction is clear and concise - there is NO ONE BETTER. Yes, his classes require some basic skills, and maybe I'd organize the order of (or group) the classes in a different order, but, let me be clear - if anyone is to be successful or famous in the Photoshop world, it should be Blake Rudis. I strongly recommend his teaching. I started photography and post processing in 2018, and because of this class, I'm know what Im doing. The energy you get when you create something beautiful is profound, it makes you bounce out of bed (at 4AM) like a 5 year old, to go create. It's a great ride! Thanks Blake, & Thanks Creative live.

Esther Gambrell

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!