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2 New Tutorials. Whiten Teeth & How To Use Levels
Old 08-23-2006, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I finally found a little time to write up a few tutorials. I have one I wrote on how to whiten a model's teeth. Also I wrote one on exactly what the Levels tool is and how to use it. Next Tuesday a tutorial on the Histogram, what it is and what it means will be on the front page of http://www.nikonnexus.com

How To Whiten Teeth
http://www.nikonnexus.com//index.php...id=50&Itemid=2

Levels
http://www.nikonnexus.com//index.php...d=44&Itemid=67
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Re: 2 New Tutorials. Whiten Teeth & How To Use Levels
Old 08-25-2006, 06:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The tutorial is very good but I suggest one change to your method. The non-distructive way to use levels is to use a Levels Adjustment Layer instead of using the Levels Dialog directly. This will allow you to go back and change your settings at any time and prevents the distruction of any of the data contained in the original file.
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Re: 2 New Tutorials. Whiten Teeth & How To Use Levels
Old 08-25-2006, 08:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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part of the way down in the tutorial is the line:

"With your teeth still selected add a Levels Adjustment Layer to the image by clicking the Layers menu and choose Adjustment Layer and then Levels. This is a non-destructive way to brighten the teeth but not damage the base or original photo. This will allow tweaking without the loss of the original data."
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Re: 2 New Tutorials. Whiten Teeth & How To Use Levels
Old 08-25-2006, 11:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Dawg, I tried out the Teeth Whiten tutorial and it worked very well, you can really light those suckers up!

Thanks for the info, and taking the time to post!
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Re: 2 New Tutorials. Whiten Teeth & How To Use Levels
Old 08-25-2006, 12:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Dawg,

I've been using a different method but your tutorial is great, I'll have to try yours. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: 2 New Tutorials. Whiten Teeth & How To Use Levels
Old 09-02-2006, 11:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tips on how to whiten teeth, I think I can also use that in other areas. I was suprised to hear you say that the levels feature of Photoshop are the least used and misunderstood. I use the levels almost exclusively to do my clolor corrections. Honestly, I thought that was commonplace. But then again, there's a lot of people out there using Photoshop and there are more than one way to do it. Thanks again for the tips.

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Re: 2 New Tutorials. Whiten Teeth & How To Use Levels
Old 09-05-2006, 08:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tips on how to whiten teeth, I think I can also use that in other areas. I was suprised to hear you say that the levels feature of Photoshop are the least used and misunderstood. I use the levels almost exclusively to do my clolor corrections. Honestly, I thought that was commonplace. But then again, there's a lot of people out there using Photoshop and there are more than one way to do it. Thanks again for the tips.

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You can use levels for color corrections, and lots of people do. However, most of the experts I've consulted over the years, and also most of the books, seem to recommend using Curves. I've been using curves for many years and it seems to give you more control over the whole process. However, when one shoots in the RAW format, then one will usually do all of the color correction in the RAW converter. This is a snap in ACR in PS CS2, and I haven't had to do any color correction in PS for a long time.

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Re: 2 New Tutorials. Whiten Teeth & How To Use Levels
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Nice teeth whitening. Call Crest!

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Re: 2 New Tutorials. Whiten Teeth & How To Use Levels
Old 09-10-2006, 11:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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This rocks, thanks for posting
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Re: 2 New Tutorials. Whiten Teeth & How To Use Levels
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Yes the curves are very good for color corrections, if I can't get the color right using the levels I use the curves. For me, it's just easier for use the levels, but yes, you are correct curves do give you that very fine control.

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