The Secret to Beautiful Black & White Images in Photoshop

Do you ever wonder the secret to achieving beautiful black and white photos?  Do you want to know how to get creamy skin and rich contrast in your newborn photography? Well thanks to this Blueprint before and after photography by Gina of Pea Head Prints, you can!

Here is her “secret:” MCP Photoshop Actions combined with great lighting, well-planned poses, and excellent in camera exposure.

Step by step, Gina started with this before image.

  1. Cropped for better composition
  2. Used Studio Black Drop Spell from MCP’s Bag of Tricks Photoshop Action set to turn the backdrop from dark gray to a true black.
  3. Used a black brush to paint the bottom to match
  4. Used Vanilla Ice Cream action from the MCP Quickie Collection

As you can see, this was a simple conversion and it works amazing for this photo. Thanks again Gina!

black and white newborn photograph

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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  1. 1
    Stacey says:

    WOW! That’s incredible, the transformation. Great picture.

  2. 2

    That photo is AMAZING. What a creative idea to begin with and transforming it to a B&W was a perfect choice. And you’re right… the transformation is so simple.

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  3. 3
    Eileen says:

    What a striking image. The transformation really enhances it beautifully.

  4. 4

    Followed your description and added a bit of Magic Skin to it. Your actions are the best!!

  5. 5
    Donna Jones says:

    Your blog is fantastic! I have learned so much even after years of being involved in photography. I’ve learned more reading your blog than I did in a semester of Photo shop at the local JC since it’s specifically for photographers…thank you! I bought The Eye Doctor and I LOVE it!

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