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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:

IMG_8878beforewrapshot How to Edit Darker Skin Newborn Babies Using Photoshop Actions: Part 2 Blueprints Photoshop Actions Photoshop Tips & Tutorials

Edited Image:

IMG_8878afterwrapshot1 How to Edit Darker Skin Newborn Babies Using Photoshop Actions: Part 2 Blueprints Photoshop Actions Photoshop Tips & Tutorials

 

Editing steps:

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

2. Ran “Keepsakes” action as is

3. Ran “It’s a girl”, decreased the opacity to 10%

4. Ran “Paint on Red Baby Fix”, decreased the opacity to 35% and painted onto the cheeks, forehead and eyelids

5. Ran “Sharp Eyelashes” and painted on the eyelashes and lips at 100% opacity

6. Ran “White Blankie Fix” and painted on fur at 75% opacity

7. Ran “Frosted Vignette” at 40% opacity

Straight out of camera:

IMG_8999before How to Edit Darker Skin Newborn Babies Using Photoshop Actions: Part 2 Blueprints Photoshop Actions Photoshop Tips & Tutorials

Edited

IMG_8999newedit How to Edit Darker Skin Newborn Babies Using Photoshop Actions: Part 2 Blueprints Photoshop Actions Photoshop Tips & Tutorials

Editing steps:

1. Use spot healing tool to edit minor blemishes to face

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

3. Ran “Keepsakes” as is

4. Ran “Brighten the Midtones” decreased opacity to 15%

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

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

7. Ran “Natural Vignette” as is

Black and White Edit:

IMG_8999-Edit-2 How to Edit Darker Skin Newborn Babies Using Photoshop Actions: Part 2 Blueprints Photoshop Actions Photoshop Tips & Tutorials

Took edited image above and ran “Bedtime B&W” decreased the opacity to 45%

 

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

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  1. jodi on August 31, 2009 at 9:12 am

    LOVE this! thanks.

  2. JulieLim on August 31, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Wow, thanks a bunch for this tip!

  3. Kim Kruppenbacher on August 31, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Thank you so much, this is a great tip and one ill use for sure. :0)

  4. Terry Lee on August 31, 2009 at 10:34 am

    This is something I will use often, thanks! You are the best! One question. How do you load photos to be accessible at the bottom of the windows tab? Can that be done in CS2?

  5. Beth @ Pages of Our Life on August 31, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Great tip! Thanks, Jodi.

  6. Serena Thomas on August 31, 2009 at 11:07 am

    What an amazing tip!!! Thanks so much.

  7. Staci Brock on August 31, 2009 at 11:42 am

    What a great tip!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Tracy on August 31, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Great tip, thanks! One of those things I forget about and do it the hard way! LOL

  9. Kassia on August 31, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Perfect! Thank-you 🙂

  10. Beth B on August 31, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks! You rock!

  11. Staci Brock on August 31, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Went to look, as I have PSE6…can the same be done? Our window tab is VERY different than what is shown here for CS3 or 4?

  12. Staci Brock on August 31, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Went to look, as I have PSE6…can the same be done? Our window tab is VERY different than what is shown here for CS3 or 4? I did find “A new window for” then your file name is listed, under view in PSE6. Will have to play around and see if it edits both in real time, as shown here.

  13. Staci Brock on August 31, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Yeah!!! Sorry to keep commenting, guess I should have checked it out before commenting each time. It does work in PSE6, the new window for, is under view. In case there are any other PSE users out there.

  14. Chelsi Greenwood on August 31, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    thank you so much! great tip!

  15. Lori S. on August 31, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    YOU SO fregging ROCK Jodi! Thanks for that tip!!!

  16. Tracy Larsen on August 31, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    What a GREAT tip! You are always so helpful Jodi!

  17. Krista on August 31, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    That’s awesome! Had no idea. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Linda on August 31, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    FANTASTIC! it works in CS!!!

  19. Amy Hoogstad on August 31, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks for another fabulous tip, Jodi!!!

  20. Janie Pearson on August 31, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    This is a wonderful tip. Thanks so much, Jodi! I am sure I will be using it often!

  21. Amy Mann on August 31, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Kuddos Jodi! Love your tips!Amy

  22. marissa moss on August 31, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    so helpful!! thanks!!

  23. Haleigh on August 31, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Great tip! Thanks!Haleigh

  24. Abra Michelle on August 31, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Have I told you lately that you’re the bombdiggity?

  25. Gina on August 31, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    ewwww! love…love…love it! Thanks for sharing the tip!

  26. Amy Dungan on August 31, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks Jodi! I did not know about this. I will make editing a bit faster! 🙂

  27. Sarah on August 31, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    That is a great tip! But my question is about the skirt! Where did you get that “puffy twirly skirt”? I have been looking all over for those! I see how cute they look in pictures and would like to buy one for my photography “props” but I can not find them anywhere! And when I try to describe them to people they have no idea what I am talking about! I guess I am not good at the girlie stuff since I only have a boy! HELP!

  28. Nikki on September 1, 2009 at 9:43 am

    OMG, what an awesome tip… Thanks so much as usual… I was needing this, this past weekend… Woohooo.. You rock… Keep them coming… Sarah, those are pettiskirts and you can find them all over the net… The best deals I have found are on ebay… You will find them (solids) for $20-$30 including shipping versus $80-100 for the name brand (I bought 3 of the name brand last year at a local boutique and am kicking myself in the rear since i found these)… HUGE savings… This ebay store also has awesome victorian dresses for a victorian style session.. Fun Fun…http://cgi.ebay.com/NWT-GORGEOUS-PAGEANT-BALLET-PETTI-SKIRT-BLACK-5-6-7_W0QQitemZ170377051490QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item27ab437d62&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14later gators,Nik:)

  29. MCP Actions on September 1, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Sarah, I got these at Nordstrom. And I want to say they were $28 each. They are not as puffy or big as a kaiya eve = but way more comfy so the girls can actually wear them not just for pictures.

  30. Diane Stewart on September 1, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Cool tip! Definitely one I will use. Thanks

  31. veronica starr on September 2, 2009 at 12:49 am

    HOLY CRAP!!! that is just what needed!!! Thank you!!!!!!!

  32. Sarah on September 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the info! I am ordering some now!

  33. Jeff on September 10, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I love helpful new tips and this is a great one. Thanks!

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