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Boudoir photography requires great lighting, flattering poses, and often the use of photo editing using Photoshop actions.  When doing Boudoir photography, you want the woman you are photographing to feel special and beautiful.  And while you still want the photo to portray her, Photoshop can help enhance her most positive traits and minimize any flaws or areas where she is self-conscience. This photo was submitted and edited by Camilla Binks of Camilla Photography.

Here is the before and after Camilla submitted plus how she achieved it:

Before:

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After:

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The step-by-step:

  1. Started with the Touch of Light Free Photoshop action with 20% opacity brush a bit on hair, face near carpet and hand to brighten up skin and select areas
  2. Next I used the Magical Clarity action from the Back of Tricks to increase midtone contrast
  3. Then I used All in the Details- Color Action which pulls out details and pops color of the image
  4. Patch and Clone tool to remove vein on forehead and bags under eyes.
  5. To pull out spot colors, I used the Color Finder Brush from the Bag of Tricks at 20% brushed everywhere except skin and hair
  6. Then I ran the Magic Skin – skin smoothing Photoshop action for a creamy skin
  7. Used Extreme Fill Flash from the Quickie Collection at 10% layer opacity
  8. Finished with Quickie Collection-Snap Photoshop action (I always use this!)

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  1. Stefani on August 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

    thank you!!i was wondering how to do this!

  2. Deborah Farver on August 3, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Thanks Jodi!! This is very helpful.

  3. jodi on August 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

    i LOVE this! thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Edda on August 3, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Thanks, Jodi! I always enjoy your tutorials!

  5. Casey Mackie on August 3, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Jodi, I have been trying how to figure this out and never could get it. Thanks so much you are awesome!!!!

  6. Amy Dungan on August 3, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Cool Jodi! Thanks!

  7. Michelle on August 3, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Thanks Jodi! Now is there any easy way to find your brush logo?? I have so many brushes I am always searching for my logo!

  8. MCP Actions on August 3, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Well if you just made it – it will be at the bottom of the brushes…

  9. alice on August 3, 2009 at 11:18 am

    thank you so much for the helpful tutorial. i love it! you’re such a help :O)

  10. Kim on August 3, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Love it Jody!

  11. Tamara on August 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    thank you thank you!!

  12. Ashley Larsen on August 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Great! Thanks so much.

  13. Kris on August 3, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Oh thanks so much! Can’t wait to go try this

  14. Christina Humphreys on August 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    You are truly amazing! Thank you!!!

  15. Barb Ray - Thru Barb's Lens on August 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Jodi – you are the BOMB!!! This is really cool and so darn easy! Can’t wait to play with it now!!!

  16. elena on August 3, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    way too cool. Thanks!

  17. Sarah on August 3, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks so much!! This was so helpful to me!

  18. Carolyn Egerszegi on August 3, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you! Very helpful!!

  19. Pinky on August 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks so much for your tutorials! That helps a lot!!

  20. Shannon White (S & G Photography) on August 3, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Good tutorial! Even if I think I know how to do something I often learn a new thing Like here with how to change the color choice when increasing the canvas size.

  21. Jodie on August 3, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you soo much for sharing these Jodie I really appreciate this and will be following your blog from now on ;-)ThanksJodie

  22. Jackie P on August 3, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I’m excited to do this now. Thanks!

  23. Pam on August 4, 2009 at 10:55 am

    That’s great. How do you do the ones that Sandy usually does.. the transparent one that is just placed on top of the photo?

  24. Bethany Dawn Burns on August 6, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Thank you so much for all the tips you share with your readers!!! I have always wanted to know how to do this! You are awesome 🙂

  25. Gail on August 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Fabulous tutorial – thank you!

  26. Penny on August 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I love this! Can’t wait to try. Thanks.

  27. Erica Young on August 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks for this but one questions-if you flatten the image to increase the canvas size how do you get the “branding bar” off to print for a client? Do you just crop the photo to take it off? Just curious! Thanks.

  28. MCP Actions on August 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Branding bars would be for web size images. Though you could use on full size. Either way you would save as a different file.

  29. Tom on August 14, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Great, any idea how I could make this an action and/or export out of LightRoom 2?Love to see/hear.Great site, great video.Best,

  30. wordup on August 17, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Great List. Definitely a lot of design inspiration goodies! Thanks! I’m trying them on my site http://www.visionzgfx.com

  31. Lori Crouch on August 31, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Thank you VERY much for your Actions and tutorials. I just went through Powder Room on my 73-year-old husband and he looks great!! This branding bar is a great tool, too. You’re the best!!

  32. Christine on September 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I love this tutorial. Although I tried to do it myself and when I went into the canvas size it is defaulting with the existing dimensions where you entered the new dimensions so I can’t get past this hang up, ugh. I did flatten my image before this step.

  33. Jen on November 7, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I’m having the same problem as Christine. After I flatten the image and go into canvas size it still has 900 and 600 where you entered the new dimensions. It won’t let me change it to 0 on the width and when I submit it, the photo ends up becoming this weird line instead of adding a bar. Please help!

  34. MCP Actions on November 7, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Make sure “relative” is checked off.

  35. Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions on January 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    You are welcome everyone. Glad this was helpful.

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