My beautiful client was just days away from getting braces when we shot her Senior Pictures. I went out on a limb and fixed the one obvious tooth to gently improve her smile. The client was so excited she asked me to do a few more of the photos.
Step by step tutorial on MOVING TEETH in PHOTOSHOP: (I use PS5)
STEP 1: Lasso the tooth with a feather set at 4.
STEP 2: Copy (CTRL C)
STEP 3: Create new layer. Then Paste (CTRL V).
CTRL T to Free transform. I moved my tooth down into position during this step since it was so high up. You can see the double layer of tooth here. If you need to twist, or adjust your tooth shape in any way, it’s easy to use with the WARP tool.
To use the WARP tool, right-click on your selected shape while it’s in FREE TRANSFORM. (See below) You can then move each point in the grid box until you get the tooth shaped the way you want it.
STEP 4: When you are happy with the tooth position, FLATTEN the image (in layers box). You will still see where your new tooth meets the old tooth at this point. Now it’s time to clean up the gum area, and finish fixing the tooth area. Duplicate the layer and name it Tooth Fix.
STEP 5: You probably want to zoom in nice and close to do the rest of this edit. I jump around between the HEALING BRUSH TOOL, SPOT HEALING TOOL, and CLONE STAMP to get the gum just how I want it. Here is some progress using only the HEALING BRUSH TOOL. I like this tool because I can select the skin really close to where I need to fix it, and it will keep sampling the original area for me. This usually gives me the most natural healing/fix.
While you are editing you can click back and forth between your original image and the layer you are editing on to make sure you are keeping things looking natural and getting the final effect you desire.
STEP 6: I touched up her skin in a few spots on a new layer I named Skin. You can also brighten the teeth if needed using the DODGE tool under 10%.
STEP 7: I have a fantastic portraiture plug-in that is really worth getting if you do a lot of portraits. I erase the effects of the Imagenomic retouching off the hair because it makes it too soft for my taste.
STEP 8: Finally I do a High Pass filter with a radius of about 4. Then change the layer to Overlay or Soft Light and then I adjusted the opacity to 63%.
STEP 9: Flatten entire image and save. Yay! You are an Orthodontist now. Well maybe just in Photoshop, but your client will be thrilled that you’re fees are cheaper than the local orthodontist.
Let me know if you found this tutorial helpful by leaving a comment below.
Happy Editing, Resa