How To Whiten Teeth With Photoshop



How often do you see a photo of yourself and wish you had whiter teeth? Photoshop CC makes it easy to get those pearly whites with layer adjustments and vibrance.

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance, and reduce the vibrance to -60.

Then, choose the Vibrance Layer in the Layers Panel, and choose Layer Mask.

Next, press Command/Control I to invert, which fills the layer mask to hide the adjustment made to the Vibrance Layer.

Finally, use the Brush Tool with a small, soft-edged brush set at 50% opacity and paint over the teeth that need whitening.

Aside from that we’re gonna show you a easier ways to whiten teeth on photoshop !

Using the Hue/Saturation Tool

Right-click the Lasso Tool and choose select the Polygonal Lasso Tool.


Although teeth are slightly rounded at times, this tool will work great for what we want to do.

Click on a corner of the mouth where the tooth and gum meet, and then move the mouse to a point where you can cover the tooth. Keep moving along the lip or gum (wherever the teeth happen to rest in the photo) until you cover the whole mouth.

Partway through, the canvas should look similar to this:


When the selection is completed, it shall look like this one:


Now right-click in the teeth area and select Refine Edge. Ensure the same lasso tool is still selected when right-clicking.

Slightly adjust the Smooth factor so the selection edges aren’t sharp and unrealistic looking.


Press OK and then head up to the Hue/Saturation item in the Image > Adjustments menu.


The adjustments made in this window will change the tone of the existing color of the teeth. I find this to create the most natural-looking white teeth in Photoshop.

What you want to do is adjust the Hue as a decrease to the point of the teeth making a near red color. Then decrease the Saturation to reduce the red color and bring it to a more white or grey color. Finally, (and be stingy here) increase the Lightness. This last adjustment isn’t always necessary but it does add a nice bright feel to the teeth. Don’t overdo it, as it can easily make the image rather unrealistic.


Our final result when using the Hue/Saturation tool is a quick and easy bright color to an otherwise slightly yellow mouth.


Cool Tip: Press Ctrl+D to quickly deselect a selected image, returning it to a normal appearance.

Photoshop Tips and Tricks for Beginners: Custom Shape Tool

Custom Shape Tool

Did you know that in addition to photo editing, you can also easily add shapes and design elements to your Photoshop creations by using Custom Shape Tool?  The Tool Panel has all of the basic shapes you need like square, line, circle, ellipse etc in addition to a whole slew of extended options. The Custom Shape tool is easy to find in the Options Bar, represented by an icon that kind of looks like a puzzle piece.

Access even more shapes by clicking again on the small arrow on the right side of the panel. If you are looking for banners, speech bubbles or arrows of all kinds, this is just the tool for you.

Photoshop Tips and Tricks for Beginners: Magnetic Lasso Tool

The Magic Wand is another selection tool, ideal for when you are working with a background that is more monotone and consistent (like a solid color or clear blue sky).

The Magic Wand tool is most often used to switch up backgrounds or large color blocks. To use it, choose the Magic Wand tool from the tools panel and click on the part of the image you want to select. Make sure that you toggled the “add to selection” option on the top bar (icon of two squares) so that you can move forward with switching up the colors and tones of your selection.


Photoshop: Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Change the Unit of Measurement

Change Measurement In Photoshop

A short and quick way to switch between units of measurements that you’re working with is to place your cursor on one of the rulers on your grid (press Ctrl + R to show or hide the rulers), and right click, then choose a new unit from the context menu. There you’ll find a wide variety of units, from centimeters to pixels, millimeters, points and even percents.

Photoshop: Tips and Tricks for Beginners


Transform: Change the size of an image, rotate, flip or distort it!

Click Edit > then click Transform > and select the action you desire.

Or try these shortcuts to make life even easier:

Press Ctrl + T on your keyboard and a bounding box will then appear around the image, indicating transformation. This means you can now resize your image. The best way to do so is by placing the cursor on one of the rectangle corners of the box and then dragging the corner while holding the Shift key. When you’re finished just press Enter and you’re done.

To flip your image vertically or horizontally press Ctrl + T and then right click your mouse. A popup window will appear with a few options for rotating and flipping the image. Select the action you want and when you are done press Enter.

To distort or skew an image press Ctrl + T and then place the cursor on whichever corner you want to distort. Press Ctrl while holding your mouse down on whichever corner of the image you’re looking to morph and drag it down to your desired point, finally press Enter to activate.


Shoot Hazy and Ethereal Photos Using a Sandwich Bag and Colored Markers


Photographer Jesse David McGrady has a super simple trick for adding a hazy, ethereal effect to your photographs: wrap a plastic sandwich bag around your lens. It sounds ridiculous and silly, but the results you get are actually quite nice!

First, find yourself a sandwich bag — those thing plastic bags that you carry sandwiches around in.


On the closed side of the bag, use your hands to tear a hole. Don’t use scissors, since you’ll want the edges to be rough, uneven, and slightly random.


Take the open end of the bag and slide it over your camera lens, with the hole end extending a little past the end of your lens. You want to make sure it can be seen in your viewfinder. Don’t cover up the middle portion of the frame, since you’ll want a clear section to see your subject through.


Voila! You’ve got yourself an instant hazy, retro, light leak look for just pennies:

Okay, a sample photograph of an empty smoothie glass is a bit lame, but check out what McGrady has been able to do using this “hack”:



To customize the look you get, you can take a colored pen and draw over the plastic bag, adding color to certain parts. Here are a couple of photos shot by McGrady using a baggie that was marked with purple:

You can find more of McGrady’s photographs shot using this trick/technique/hack here and here.

Photography outsourcing: Why you should go for it !

Photographers, generally gets uneasy when they hear the word “outsourcing”. Noway you would want to ruin your concept of the image by letting anyone do the post production. I mean how could you be a photographer and outsource your work, is it even your work anymore? How can anyone else implement the vision you had while taking the shot? 

We think the concept to outsource photo editing is one that is very hard for most photographers to tell themselves that it is the right choice, but we’re here to tell you, that at a certain point in your career, it most certainly is the right choice.

If you’ve ever read the E-Myth (and if you haven’t go pick it up now!) it talks about how the death of a business is when the technician is always in control, that you need the manager and entrepreneur to play equal roles. When you, the photographer, spend all your time sitting at a computer editing your sessions, the technician is in control and consumes the time you could be doing management or entrepreneur work.

The time would be much better spent putting your face out in the public, booking more clients, shooting additional sessions, or collaborating with other members of your community. Your time has value, and there comes a point that you are actually holding your business back by doing that type of work. There will become a point when your time holds a much higher value than the cost of paying to have your edits done by somebody else, you will in fact be saving your business money!

So when is a good time to consider it?

  1.  You need to know your style.

    You need to have it nailed because if you’re going to be outsourcing that job, you need to be able to tell the company or person how to get the job done. And being able to describe your editing style is also something that you should feel comfortable doing and if you don’t know how to answer that, then take a step back and evaluate your work some.

  2. Have your SOOC pretty consistent and streamlined.

    This goes along with the above. But we do think it’s worth mentioning, that it has been our experience, that even when you feel pretty good about your SOOC shots, once you start to outsource, we can almost promise you that they will get even better, consistent if you will. It just kind of happens that way.

  3. Evaluate your time.

    This next piece is up to interpretation as each of our lives are filled very differently. But you need to evaluate how much of your time is consumed and if that’s at a level that you’re wanting it to be, maybe you’d like another hour per day to spend with your family. Have you run out of hours in your day? It’s time to asses when the number of sessions is

    a) consistent
    b) at a point where you have run out of time to ‘do-it-all.’

  4.  Maybe you don’t enjoy editing!

    Well this one may throw you off, but if you’ve got your style figured out and you’re rocking your SOOC; maybe you’re not a ‘professional’ maybe you’re shooting for YOU! But just like that other photographer, your time is precious and maybe, just maybe, you don’t enjoy the editing. Yes, I think even as a hobbyist, choosing to outsource is totally reasonable and ok!

    Now do you need all four steps checked off the list to decide to outsource? Absolutely not. We think 1 & 2 are essential to make the switch but then I think you either fall in category 3 or 4, not necessarily both.
    Outsourcing shouldn’t be a big scary word that you avoid, and it shouldn’t be something you take lightly either, but it is something that should make you happy. At the end of the day you should feel good about your choice, own it and start doing all those other things you could be doing with your time and business.

Background color change- BEFORE & AFTER


Step 1: open up your Photoshop and the picture you want to change the background colour.

Step 2: click the quick selection tool here and use that tool to select the person. if the selection goes out of the person, subtract the selection using this  you can find it at the top of Photoshop


Step 3: after that, at the top of photoshop click refine edge. here

this should pop up.


click the smart radius. after that adjust the radius. mess around with it. after you’ve finish click ok.

Step 4: right click on the picture, select inverse like this  after that click layer>new fill layer>solid color. like this

Step 5:  After that simply click ok without doing anything. After you click ok. this will pop up.


Step 6:  Choose any solid colour you want to fill your background. after you’ve finish click ok.

Step 7:  you’re done! click ‘save’ or ‘save as’.  make sure that you change the format into JPEG.

How to Master Product Photography on a Tight Budget

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it can also be worth thousands of dollars in revenue. The most successful online selling channels for today’s retailers are the ones on which they post unique, high-quality images. You must learn how to take professional product photos.

5 DIY Product Photography Tips

So, to turn browsers into buyers, you need to show potential customers your products in their best light, including how they can be used or worn. This helps to put the images into a lifestyle frame of mind for customers, who can then identify with the usage of the item, or move on to another brand. But, before you just grab your phone and begin taking pictures of your goods while brunching, or at a cool art wall across the street, know this: 67% of consumers consider image quality “very important” when making a purchase online.

This makes sense. After all, an image of an online product is one of the only visual confirmations a user has before they pay. With brick-and-mortar, they can touch, try on and get an overall feel for the goods. Not so online –– so your product photos need to do some extra leg work for both you and your potential customer. You’ll need to show the real details and quality of your products in pixels rather than person.

Taking high-quality product photos should be a high priority for any online store, especially those looking to scale their operations. But, with limited bandwidth and expensive freelancing fees for professional photographers, it can be difficult for those with limited cash flow to produce the quality photos needed to generate an increase in conversions.

If this sounds like you, here are a few steps you can follow to produce incredible photos with these photography tools for as little as $50.

Get The Right Photography Equipment

The first thing you’ll need is a camera. Consumer DSLR cameras are getting more affordable every year, so if you plan on taking lots of products photos, it may make sense to invest in a good digital camera. But, if that isn’t in your budget right now, an iPhone can do the trick. Free apps like VSCOCam will help you get some pretty cool pictures out of a smartphone –– specifically channel-specific images that will do well on sites like Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest, for instance.

To prove that product photography doesn’t have to be shot with expensive gear, several examples in this post were shot with my iPhone 5 using VSCOCam.

If you are using a DSLR, here are a few things to keep in mind when pulling together your gear:

  • Don’t use a wide angle lens. You will distort your product.
  • Use the right aperture for the right shot. A wide aperture like f2.8 or f4.5 will narrow your depth of field, leaving parts of your product out of focus. A small aperture like f8 or f11 will give you a wider depth of field, keeping your entire product crisp and in focus.
  • Use the correct white balance. When shooting, you should set it to the same Kelvin temperature as your lights.

Which takes us to the next piece of gear you should invest in — lighting. Whether you are shooting with a DSLR, a point-and-shoot or a smartphone, you need to master your product photography lighting with the proper equipment. In the next section, I’ll describe a great lighting setup that works for just about any product.

Finally you’ll need to use a tripod to stabilize your camera and easily duplicate the same shot for each of your products. I would also suggest getting a timer remote or a shutter release trigger, that way you can take your pictures without any camera shake.

Perfecting Your Photography Lighting

When it comes to setting up your shot, start by figuring out what kind of background and lighting you need for the product as well as the setting. For example, the way I would set up lights for a wine bottle is completely different than the way I’d set them up for a phone case.

But, there are a few ways to easily set up your product shots for just about anything. Behold, our $50 ecommerce photography studio:

First, you will need to select a background. There is equipment you can get exclusively for taking product photos on a light tent or a full set for beginners. But to embrace the DIY approach, I created a seamless white background with some white poster board taped to the bottom of a large clear plastic storage container that’s flipped onto its side. That part of the setup shouldn’t cost more than $15.

Next, we will set up the lights. You will typically need at least two lights. I am using two light clamps that I picked up at Lowe’s for about $10, and then attached to the top of the clear plastic container. As for the lightbulbs, you want to make sure that they are identical, ideally a pair of cool colored 5000K bulbs. I found these for $7 each.

Bonus product photography tricks: One fun trick is making a product “float.” Use thread from a standard sewing kit to elevate the product and then erase the thread in post processing. Another pro trick is placing a small piece of plexiglass under the product to create a subtle reflection. This works really well on any solid color background and should be less than $10, putting your entire setup at under $50.

Here’s how a toy race car looks thanks to our budget tabletop studio:

Sometimes a solid white or black background isn’t the best look for your product, especially for products that need to be shown in action. For example, a purse could easily be photographed on a clean white background, but you may also want to show a woman wearing the purse to give it the proper context. Take photos of items like sunglasses both in and out of the sun. Take images of watches both on a wrist and off. Allow the customer to get a good sense of the product in order to increase their trust in purchasing an item they have never seen in person. This will increase conversions and decrease chargebacks for improperly described items.

Also consider the colors in your product, its shape and the environment you may find it in. I would suggest doing a quick Google search for commercial photography, or maybe the type of product that you have, to find some inspiration. Free stock photography sites like can help you to generate lifestyle product photo ideas as well.

Check out how Jeni’s Ice Cream uses GIFs and high-quality product photography to showcase its products being used in various ways. Or, check out how Native Union uses product pages like landing pages, including multiple photos of various usage as well as stand-alone images of the product.

Rinse & Repeat

It’s best to spend some additional time getting the lighting and set-up ready before you begin to take product photos. Keep in mind the size and needs of individual products, and base your standard staging environment on those needs. For instance, if you have a lot of jewelry to photograph, a smaller set up may be used and the floating technique may be one of the best available for your earring images. For smaller products like these, make a mark on the background where you have the product placed, and as long as your products are approximately the same size, moving from one item to the next will be a breeze.

For those taking photos of larger items like couches for instance, you may want to use an entire room as your staging environment, rather than a small set.

I would also suggest making a diagram for yourself showing how you had everything set up. Measure the distance between the light and the product, the distance between the camera and the product, the angles that the lights are set at and the height of the lights compared to the product. Such notes or a good diagram will make doing another round of photos that much easier. No need for trial and error going forward because you already know what looks good, plus you can easily duplicate the setup so new shots match your existing ones.

Finally, be sure to get multiple angles of the each product, showing your customers every side and each detail of the product. Your photos should accurately depict your products, and a variety of views is the best way to do that. This may mean doing a couple of additional setups, cycling your products through again so all the photos match across your product line. Or, you could do a set of primary product photos with the initial setup, then take your camera off the tripod to freehand various angles and close ups.

Edit Your Results

After you’ve finished shooting, it is time to start editing. Post processing gives you the opportunity to clean up and enhance your photos. Even if you made a small mistake when taking your picture, the right software can help you end up with perfect results.

If possible, I suggest shooting in RAW so you have the most options. RAW files have a much greater dynamic range within each photo, giving you more flexibility when editing. If you don’t have access to Adobe Lightroom, then I would suggest free software like Irfanview or Picassa, which can also edit RAW photos.

If you aren’t shooting in RAW but still need to clean up a few things, Adobe Photoshop is a robust tool, but it isn’t cheap. If you don’t have access to Adobe Photoshop, there are a ton of other free options you can use. For example, Pixlr Editor is the closest thing to Photoshop, and it’s a free web-based application.

Don’t Rush

Finally, take your time. Be patient. The best way to master photography is simply by practicing. Keep tweaking until you are happy with the results. Your hard work will literally pay off.


Match Your Photographer’s Expertise with Your Product

Finding a photographer that is skilled at shooting your subject matter is an important consideration when choosing a photographer. Most photographers have specialties they excel at, be it portraiture, landscape/architecture, abstract or interaction shots. Those who shoot across all subject matters may have a special interest in lighting or style. When researching photographers, find ones that have strong experience shooting in the area you are looking for and always ask to see a portfolio of work.

Decide if You Want a Specific Style or Photo Treatment

The style of your photography can be as minimal or dramatic as you want. If you are wanting a drastic style for your photography, decide whether this type of shoot will be ongoing or specific to a particular campaign or product. For long-term projects finding a photographer that you can have an on-going partnership with is a considerable factor.  Another thought to consider when choosing a specific style is making sure the style fits your brand.

Consider Lighting Needs

Shooting lightbox imagery is much different from shooting indoor or outdoor photography. Lighting is crucial to the way your photography will look and feel and this is typically where the professional stands apart from a novice. Light reflects and bounces in different ways throughout the day and indoor lighting offers other complications. Make sure your photographer understands lighting and can show you examples of photography shot in similar lighting conditions to what you are requesting.

Inquire About Editing Techniques

If photos are stylized, ask what the editing process is like for the photos. The time it takes to edit may factor into your decision. Or, if you’re wanting to apply the style to existing photos, knowing the extent of editing may be helpful to your in-house creative staff.

Consider Their Level of Creativity and Problem-Solving

Does the photographer have the ability to switch things up when a shot isn’t working? The enthusiasm to loosen up your talent? Can they suggest different poses or staging adjustments that will enhance the product being taken? Knowing your photographer’s creative involvement is important before you go on site. If they’re used to shooting only candid shots, make sure both you and they are prepared to suggest adjustments as needed.

Before the shoot, see what level of involvement or recommendations your photographer may have for creating the best scene.