Discover how to whiten teeth in Adobe Photoshop.

See how you can use saturation adjustment layers for teeth whitening in various forms of professional photography.

A side by side comparison of unwhitened teeth and whitened teeth

Retouching yellow teeth in your photo editing.

Make a good first impression with a professional headshot or pop the brightness of an athlete’s smile in commercial photography by learning how to adjust for white teeth in Photoshop — a skill that can help you combat years of subjects’ teeth-staining habits. Learn how to tweak a new Hue/Saturation layer to bring lightness to teeth and other objects to add impact to your photos.

Getting started with the Lasso tool and a new adjustment layer.


Create a new adjustment layer over the original image so your work is a flexible adjustment. Make sure to check the Layers panel to ensure you’re working on the correct new layer.


Using the Lasso tool, make a selection that goes along the edges of the teeth. If you capture some of the lips or gums, that is OK.


In the adjustments drop-down menu, select the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Photoshop will automatically convert your selection into a layer mask.


In the Properties panel of your Hue/Saturation layer, click the options bar labeled Master and select Yellows, as that is all you’ll want to adjust to whiten teeth.


Decrease the Yellows in your selection by moving the saturation slider to the left.


If you notice a harsh edge to your selection, fix it in the Properties panel by selecting Masks. In the Masks panel, increase the feather slider to give your selection a soft edge.

Using this same method, you can edit pet photography to brighten a dog’s eyes against its darker fur. Simply select the eyes and then pull out the dark color to amplify the highlights.

Whitening teeth on a mobile device
Uploaded headshot of man with whitened teeth

Watch Photoshop tutorials on teeth whitening.

Get started with editing tutorials on teeth whitening and build your skills with these editing photography tips.






By growing your knowledge with those tutorials, you’ll be ready to move on to more advanced tasks. See how you can use a brush tool and the Levels adjustments to brighten dark photos or learn more about using adjustment layers to pop different colors in photos — all foundational skills you can build upon by watching simple teeth-whitening tutorials.

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