How to Whiten Teeth & Eyes in Lightroom

How to Whiten Eyes and Teeth in Lightroom

Welcome to our multi-part blog series showing how to use Pretty Presets brushes and presets to edit portraits which is important because we all want our subjects to look their very best.  This week we will focusing on whitening teeth and eyes in Lightroom.

Before we get started, I want to encourage everyone to fix the white balance of the image first.  The white balance is the overall color temperature and tint of the image.

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How to Whiten Teeth in Lightroom

Once you have your white balance set, click on the brush icon, which is the farthest-right icon below the histogram in the top-right side of your Develop screen.

Once the brush tool is activated, click on the word to the right of "Effect:" Scroll down the menu list until you get to Teeth Whiten.  In the new Perfect Portrait Lightroom Brushes Collection, there are two brushes you can use for whitening teeth: Teeth Whiten Gray and Teeth Whiten Yellow.  Just select the teeth whitening Lightroom brush option that best fits your needs of correcting teeth that are too yellow or too gray.

The subject in our image used for the tutorial has teeth that are a bit yellow, so I will use the Teeth Whiten Yellow.

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When editing teeth and eyes, which are small, defined areas, you will want to reduce the feather so that the brush is more precise.  The feather slider is just above the flow slider at the bottom of the Adjustment Brush Panel.  I moved the brush feather to 54 for this image.  That means the brush is neither super hard or super soft.

For those who do not know what "feather" means - the feather is how much the edit will blend into the pixels around it.  Most of the time in portrait editing, you will select and use a large feather - except for whitening teeth and eyes.

Teeth Whitener Editor

Once the feather and flow are set, click somewhere on the teeth (or eyes as seen in images further down).  The place first clicked will place a pin and show a black/white circle.  If the overlay mask is on, the areas brushed will show red.  Sometimes it is advantageous to see the changes as you brush.  In those cases, you should turn off the mask overlay by clicking the option in the tool bar.

(Note: If you do not see the tool bar, as shown in the image below, go to View, then Show Toolbar.)

Whitening Teeth in Lightroom

How to Whiten Eyes in Lightroom

To whiten the subjects eyes (the white area around their iris), click NEW at the top of the brush panel, then click on the brush name and choose the Eye Whiten Brush.

How to Whiten Eyes in Lightroom

As with whitening teeth, I use a lower feather, then brush over the whites of the eyes.  Once again, the red area is the mask overlay which shows where I brushed and the black/white pin shows that the brush is active.

How to Whiten Eyes Lightroom

Once the edit was done, just close the brushes.

To show all of the pins, activate the brush tool again.  As you move your mouse over the image, the brush pins show up as solid white circles.  If you wish to edit or alter an already brushed area, just click on the pin and change as needed.

Whitening Eyes & Teeth in Lightroom

Whitening teeth and eyes is an easy change to make, thanks to the Pretty Presets Lightroom Portrait Brushes.

Below is a short video showing how to do the steps explained above, along with a few tips for using brushes.

Smoothing Skin and Whitening Teeth in Lightroom - Video Tutorial


Would You Like More Help Editing Portraits?

If you missed our previous three portrait editing tutorials check them out now!  They build on the basic but necessary and important things you need to know when editing portraits and using brushes in Lightroom:

If you would like additional training for our Lightroom Portrait Brushes we have a fantastic, in-depth Lightroom Portrait Brush Training Video you can watch right here.

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