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How to Edit Darker Skin Newborn Babies Using Photoshop Actions

How to Edit Darker Skin Newborn Babies Using Photoshop Actions

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Editing newborn images can be very time consuming. But it does not have to be.

Getting skin tones just right and making your images have that dreamy look about them can be challenging. When editing images of ethnic babies it is important to maintain their correct skin tones. If they are slightly red or jaundiced this can be a challenge.  I will show you how this is no longer hard for me because I use MCP’s Newborn Necessities Actions It has decreased my editing time in half and gives my images that beautiful glow that they deserve.

Here are a few before and after images. These images were all taken in studio with a one light and reflector set up. They were shot in JPEG with a Canon 5d MII.


Straight out of camera:




Editing steps:

1. Ran “Sugar and Spice” decreased opacity to 40%

2. Ran “This Little Piggy” decreased opacity to 25%

3. Ran “It’s a Boy” decreased opacity to 10%

4. Ran “Quiet the Highlights” as is

5. Ran “Hush the Reds” decreased opacity to 15%

6. Ran “Sharp Eyelashes” and painted on eyelashes and lips at 100%

7. Ran “Frosted Vignette” decreased opacity to 40%

Black and White Edit


Ran the “Playtime B&W action as is to the above edited image

Straight out of camera:


Edited Image:

edited image

Editing Steps:

1. Increase Exposure

2. Ran “Sugar and Spice” decreased opacity to 40%

3. Ran “Keepsakes” as is

4. Ran “Baby Bottle” decreased opacity to 10%

5. Ran “Brighten Midtones” decrease opacity to 20%

6. Ran “Quiet the Highlights” as is

7. Ran “Paint on Red Baby Fix” decreased opacity to 30% and painted on cheeks, forehead and eyelids

8. Ran “Sharp Eyelashes” and painted over eyelashes and lips at 100% opacity

9. Ran “White Blankie Fix” and painted on fur at 70% opacity

10. Ran “Frosted Vignette” decreased opacity to 40%


Memories by TLC (Tracy Callahan) is a fine art portrait studio specializing in newborns, young children and maternity portraits.

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  1. June 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm — Reply

    Correcting the skin tone is different than changing the color of the baby’s skin. This post (and the photos) clearly depicted making an ‘ethnic’ baby to a caucasian looking one. Tsk tsk.

    • June 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm — Reply

      Joyce, this baby is my very close friends daughter and I assure you that the edited skin tone is true to her actual skin tone. The intent was to take the red out of these images and to actually make her skin coloring reflect its true color. She is a very light skinned Indian baby.

  2. k kennedy
    September 13, 2012 at 2:47 am — Reply

    I am a photographer and i think your editing is wonderful, very nice job. I have to disagree with you joyce, it is obvious that her intent was not to change the babys ethnicity but to give the photos a nice soft look like they should be edited for a newborn, you can still tell that the baby is of an indian decent in her editing. Love the photos.

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How to Edit Darker Skin Newborn Babies Using Photoshop Actions