The Digital Dentist - 9/10/07
Oral hygiene must be on the decline these days. I don't have the stats to back it up, but it seems like every portrait I shoot reveals yellow teeth. Sometimes it may be a case of bad brushing, but more often than not it seems to result from the digital camera. Whatever causes it, I want to fix it. My favorite method is pretty simple: I use Photoshop's desaturation sponge to eliminate the color, but in bad cases this just turns the teeth gray. So then I use the dodging tool, set to midtones or highlights, and a low intensity to turn those gray teeth into pearly whites. Speaking of which, if all this dodging and desaturating is too much work, you can always invest in a Photoshop plug-in like PearlyWhites from Image Trends. The filter automatically whitens and brightens, saving you minutes of work and saving your subject years of expensive and painful dental work. Visit www.imagetrendsinc.com.
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