How to Edit Braces Out of a Picture

by Alex RamirezUpdated September 28, 2017
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Braces, like pimples and blemishes, can be part of people's appearances they don't want to remember when looking at old photographs. Editing braces out of a picture is a simple process, but it does require some photo-editing expertise and artistic skills. Also, the process will require a more sophisticated picture editor than is pre-installed on most computers, such as Windows Photo Manager or Paint. Adobe Photoshop is a useful tool for those with money to spend on the project, but a free alternative includes Gimp, an open-source photo editing software.

Open the photo you want to edit in the photo editor of your choice.

Choose a cloning tool. In Photoshop, the hot key is "S," and in Gimp the hot key is "C."

Choose a small paint brush to edit with. The exact size will depend on the size of each tool you are working with, but it is generally easier to use a smaller brush than a larger one.

Clone an area of the tooth directly above the bracket. This can be done by pressing "Alt" and clicking in Photoshop, or by pressing "Ctrl" and clicking in Gimp.

Paint over the bracket with the cloning tool. The brush will copy the image you cloned over the braces, which should give the tooth a very realistic look.

Repeat until all the teeth all are completed, and the smile is braces-free.


Work on one tooth at a time to keep the smile looking natural.


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Alex Ramirez has been a freelance writer since 2006. With a background in public relations, Ramirez has been featured in publications ranging from Gamers Daily News to USA Today. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from the University of Central Arkansas.

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