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How to Achieve Creamy Newborn Skin Using Photoshop

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Are you wondering how to get creamy newborn skin and edit baby images in Photoshop? It all starts in camera with proper lighting.  Nice, diffused, even lighting will help even out skin tones. Many babies have red or yellow coloring and bumpy or textured skin.

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There are a few tricks you can do in Photoshop to help even texture and tones for a creamy newborn skin.

Step 1: Duplicated the background layer and then use the Patch Tool in between the eyes and left eyelid to smooth the skin. Adjusted the layer opacity to taste.

Step 2: Used the Lasso Tool to select her hands, set a light feather 1st so there is in a jump in toning.  Then used a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. For this image, Hue to +4 and the Saturation to -5. She still looked red all over. In a second Hue and Saturation adjustment layer, this time all over rather than just on the hands,  set the Hue to +2 and Saturation to -3. This will vary based on the image and color issues.

Step 3: Next, used MCP’s Magic Skin Action set – specifically the Powder Your Nose skin smoothing Photoshop action which is great for newborns and set the opacity to 50%.  Brushed all over her face except lips, eyelashes and hair.

Step 4: Flatten Image. Made a duplicate layer and chose MULTIPLY as my blending mode. I set the opacity to 29%.

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Step 5: Made another new layer and chose SCREEN as my blending mode and set the opacity to 50%. Amounts will vary based on your image. screen shot 2 450x281 How to Achieve Creamy Newborn Skin Using Photoshop

Step 6: Added a layer mask to the SCREEN layer and used a black brush on the green blanket to darken it back. The mask icon is the tiny circle in a square at the bottom of the layer’s palette.

Step 7: Next, used MCP’s Crackle – a Photoshop action to add mid-tone contrast in the Quickie Collection.

Step 8: Lastly, used MCP’s Free Magic Dark action at 17% opacity and darkened the edges.

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Katie Hardy is the owner of Katie O Hardy Photography located in Augusta, Georgia. She specializes in studio and natural light photography. Her work is described as clean and simple.

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10 Comments

  1. 1
    Ryan Jaime says:

    Love it. Keep the tips coming!

  2. 2
    Abby P says:

    Very nice — love the tips!

  3. 3
    Dave says:

    Will that work on teens and really anyone’s skin you want to soften?

  4. 4
    Sharon says:

    Great info and great job Katie. Way to represent Augusta!!

  5. 5
    PancakeNinja says:

    This is great, Thank You. The patch tool is one I need to make more use of.

  6. 6
    Laurie in FL says:

    Thank you for the detail. I’m beginning in digital and now in editing which seems quite overwhelming. Your site is definitely helping me in both areas.

  7. 7

    Thank you for this tip….I have been waiting for something like this for a while…I love your powder your nose on ALL of my subjects…it is the one I use the MOST on PSE8! It is AWESOME!!! Thank you for all that you do and thank you sooooo much for sharing your little tricks!

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    Amy says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

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