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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 43 of 58

Remove a Gap in Teeth


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 43 of 58

Remove a Gap in Teeth


Lesson Info

Remove a Gap in Teeth

We're gonna fix the gap in her teeth, just because it's a learning opportunity, not because there's anything wrong with having a gap. Madonna has a gap in her teeth, right? Geena Davis, maybe, too. My son has a little gap. So nothing wrong with the gap, but we're just going to do this because I wanna show you how you can do this, because it's a technique you can use for other things as well. So we've got this layer up here which was fixing the skin lines. This time I'm gonna go make a selection around each tooth. So I'll use the Quick Selection brush that we've been using for many things, and I'm just gonna click and select just this. And I think it's not gonna work because I'm on a blank layer. So let's target that background layer, where the tooth is, and click to select it. Now it went a little too far, remember we can fix that by holding down ALT or Options, selecting that, and I'm gonna copy this into it's own layer now. So if you remember from yesterday, we can copy the contents ...

of a selection into it's very own layer by pressing Command or Control + J. And I like to say because we're jacking it up (laughs). So here we've jacked up a copy. Now we don't really see it because it's so tiny here in the Layer panel preview, but we know it's there. We also don't see it here because it's directly on top of itself. So let's rename this. Left Tooth, I guess? It's her right tooth, but it's our left, so we'll call that Left Tooth, and I'll go back to the background layer and click to select this tooth. And I'll do the same keyboard shortcut, Command or Control + J, and this is the right tooth. Alright here. Okay. So here's what we can do, this is so easy that it's almost surprising. It's almost like, what! All we're gonna do is transform the teeth to be slightly wider and close up this gap. That's it. So I'm gonna press Command or Control + T on this right tooth layer, zoom in so we can see better. And then I'm really just gonna take this handle and drag halfway across like that. And commit it. We'll switch over to the left tooth layer, Command or Control + T, bring up Transform, and again, drag this way, so we're just reducing the gap right there, and commit. And I think that's good, we could really finesse this as much as we want, or maybe we could do Command or Control + T, we could right click, and we could choose Distort if I really wanted to pull this all the way over. If you bring up Free Transform and then you right click in there, you get some other options for transforming. In this case, Distort would allow me to grab just this corner and I could distort the tooth to really change the shape of it, but perfectly close that gap, I suppose, if I wanted to. And then when I accept the transformation, we see that it is indeed gone. So that actually looks, I think, pretty real. If I needed to, if the tooth somehow changed the lip line up here, and was overlaying the lip, I could just add a layer mask and paint with black to paint that back away. So in this case I don't think we need that, but it would be available if we wanted to.

Class Description

We all have hundreds of images on our smartphones and cameras that we never do anything with. Adobe Photoshop Elements is the perfect tool for beginners to use for organizing and editing those images. Khara Plicanic will show you the practical ways to use this software by using step-by-step projects you can follow along with at home. You’ll get hands-on practice at making selections and working with layers, doing simple retouching, and adding text to your images.

You’ll also learn: 

• Basic adjustments to color and adding contrast to photos 
• Understanding resolution and image resizing and how to use the crop tool 
• Simple retouching and image compositing

No Photoshop Elements class would be complete without shedding light on file saving and organizing your images for a complete workflow! By the time you’re finished with this class, you’ll be creating beautiful images to share with your family and friends.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Understand How Elements Works
  3. Importing Images
  4. Workspace Basics: Organizer
  5. Workspace Basics: Editor
  6. Tonal Adjustments in Quick Fix
  7. Color Adjustments in Quick Fix
  8. Apply Black & White Filters
  9. Sharpen an Image
  10. Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye
  11. Straighten an Image in Quick Fix
  12. Explanation of Photoshop Elements
  13. Basic Cropping in Quick Fix
  14. Guided Edit Overview
  15. Guided Edit: Tilt Shift
  16. Ways to Save Files
  17. Layers & Simple Selections
  18. Combine Images with Layers
  19. How to Use Layer Styles
  20. Make Selections with Layers
  21. Make Selection with Lasso
  22. Compositing with Multiple Images
  23. Refine Edge Selection on Image
  24. Use Refine Edge on Images
  25. Create Gradient in Image
  26. Gradient Map Differences
  27. Options for Saving
  28. Brushes Overview
  29. Creatively Use Brushes
  30. How to Change Brush Settings
  31. Use Shape Tool with Brushes
  32. Work with Multiple Shape Layers
  33. Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool
  34. How to Load Brushes into Elements
  35. Add Layer Style to Image
  36. Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template
  37. Retouching Overview
  38. How to Use Content-Aware Fill
  39. How to Use Content-Aware Move Tool
  40. Spot Healing Brush on Blemishes
  41. Remove Frown Lines with Retouching
  42. How to Remove Tattoos
  43. Remove a Gap in Teeth
  44. How to Whiten Teeth
  45. Adjust Facial Features
  46. Working with Type Overview
  47. Match Type for Image
  48. How to Manipulate Type Layers
  49. Create Postcard with Type
  50. Add Type on a Path
  51. Organizing Images in Elements
  52. Add Keywords to Images
  53. Smart Tags Overview
  54. Using Albums in Elements
  55. Places Workspace Overview
  56. Use Event Tags on Images
  57. Timeline for Image Organization
  58. Recommended Workflow


a Creativelive Student

Just watching this class live. It's my first class with Khara; she is a wonderful teacher, moving at a steady speed but always being careful to let us know what she's doing in the moment. I would classify myself as intermediate in terms of PSE but I've learned lots of little things that will make further use even easier and more fun. I really appreciated her descriptions of the difference between PS and PSE and her encouragement in using Photoshop Elements and all that it can do.


I have only been able to watch portions of this class but every single part that I have watched has been technically clear and inspiring to me. Based on this experience and the thorough, 58 item list of lessons, I will surely be buying this class soon! Thank you Khara and Creativelive for making a class on this topic and making it be super!!

Ven S

Great course. You can tell she knows the programme inside out.