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Newborn Necessities™ Photoshop Actions Set

MCP Newborn Necessities™ includes 65 powerful Photoshop actions you need for a complete baby and newborn workflow.


4.89 out of 5 based on 36 customer ratings
(36 customer reviews)

Editing newborn photos just got a lot easier and faster.
Designed to help photographers edit challenging newborn sessions, the MCP Newborn Necessities™ Photoshop action set combines easy workflow actions with state-of-the-art retouching and color correction tools. Whether you want soft, clean color, dreamy black and whites, or creamy, smooth skin tones, this set has what you need.
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Compatible with:
Photoshop CS4 – CS6
Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud)
Elements 6 – 15
Mac and PC

Product Description

While originally designed to be used in editing newborn photos, photographers have found this set to be a necessity for beautiful photographs no matter the age of the subjects. In fact, even portrait, senior, wedding, and wildlife photographers love the tools in this set!

Start by choosing one or more workflow actions to define your style. Then add optional haze overlays to soften the look. Correct discolored newborn skin, define eyelashes, and fix purple baby fingers or toes. Focus attention your subject by adding blur for a shallower depth of field or adding subtle vignettes. No matter how you choose to combine the actions in the MCP Newborn Necessities™ set, you’ll have all the tools you need for a complete baby and newborn workflow.

MCP Newborn Necessities™ includes 65* powerful Photoshop actions designed to streamline and simplify your newborn and baby editing workflow!

  • 11 newborn workflow actions: Seven unique, fully-adjustable color conversions paired with three beautiful black and white actions – all designed specifically to bring out the best in newborn photography. These workflow actions enhance your photos while protecting delicate newborn skin tones. An eleventh workflow action runs all of them at once, so you can mix and match to create your own perfect formula.
  • 10 hazy overlay actions: Give your photos the light, dreamy look that complements newborn photography so well.  Nine different tones to suit every image.
  • 13 workflow helpers and exposure enhancers: Simplify adjustments like boosting contrast, brightening midtones, protecting highlights, or adjusting exposure. We give you the freedom to apply each globally or as a spot fix.
  • 9 skin tone correction actions: Easily fix redness, jaundice, and gray skin. You can fix spot color issues like purple newborn feet, and so much more!
  • 9 retouching actions: Amazing tools to smooth skin, reduce baby acne, enhance eyelashes, and even out difficult newborn complexions.
  • 13 finishing actions: Complete your image with actions to whiten blankets, naturally blur backgrounds, add toned vignettes, and sharpen for either print or Web.

Why you need MCP Newborn Necessities™ Photoshop Actions:

The MCP Newborn Necessities Photoshop Actions set includes 65* actions organized into eight easy-to-use sections:

  1. Fix Exposure First: Increase Exposure, Decrease Exposure\
  2. Newborn Workflow: Sugar-n-Spice, Pick Me Up, Twinkle Twinkle, This Little Piggy, Peach Fuzz, Keepsakes, Vintage Pram, Bedtime B&W, Naptime B&W, Playtime B&W, Diaper Bag Mix and Match
  3. Blankets of Haze (Overlays): Baby Bottle, It’s a Girl, It’s a Boy, Lavender Lovey, You Are My Sunshine, Peaches-n-Cream, Teddy Bear, Nursery Rhymes, Baby’s Room, Blankets of Haze Mix and Match
  4. Workflow Helpers: Brighten Midtones, Darken Midtones, In The Spotlight, Under The Blanket, Quiet The Highlights, Nightlight, Crying For Contrast, Cake Smash Color Pop
  5. At Your Fingertips: Baby Wipes, Snapshot*, Pacify
  6. Skin Color Correction: Hush The Reds, Paint On Red Baby Fix, Hush Jaundice, Paint on Jaundice Fix, Hush the Grays, Paint on Gray Skin Fix, Slide To Hush (Mix & Match), Paint on Formula (Mix & Match), In My Dreams (Spot Color Fix)
  7. No More Tears Retouching: Dusting of Baby Powder, Magic Baby Powder*, Organic Baby Powder, Baby Cream, Baby Lotion, Magic Baby Lotion, Sharp Eyelashes, Eyes Wide Open, Blushing
  8. Beyond The Crib: White Blankie Fix*, Natural Vignette, Rosie Vignette, Cool Vignette, B&W Vignette, Frosted Vignette, It’s a Blur, Baby Focused, Studio White Backdrop, Studio Black Backdrop, Print Sharpie, Web Sharpie, Custom Web Sharpie
You may purchase Newborn Necessities™ for either Photoshop OR Elements. Actions will work in all of the Photoshop or Elements versions listed in the drop down box. If your version is not listed, it is not compatible. Please make sure that you have the required software before purchasing. You will need access to the English version for full compatibility. Cross platform upgrades from Photoshop to Elements or Elements to Photoshop are available for half off the purchase price. We make every attempt to ensure that our products work in future versions of Photoshop or Elements, but due to possible changes Adobe may implement, we cannot guarantee future compatibility.

* Magic Baby Powder and White Blankie Fix will not work in CS2. Snapshot is not available in Elements.

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36 reviews for Newborn Necessities™ Photoshop Actions Set

  1. 5 out of 5


    Amazing results in the shortest possible time.
    Less than 12 hours ago I purchased MCP Actions and I can’t believe what a difference these have made to my baby photography already.

    I can’t thank you enough – best purchase I have made and so easy and delightful to use. I sometimes struggled with the skin of new borns to make them look flawless (yet untouched), but not any more. I just sent a few of my first trial photos to one of my clients and she is ecstatic with the results, and so am I.

  2. 5 out of 5


    AMAZING – all in one package newborn set!
    I finished a newborn session with a particularly red blotchy baby… I was scared to dive into editing so I thought I’d see if there were any handy dandy PS actions out there… What a great find!
    Not only is there actions for a red baby, but a ton of other actions that can be used for any session.. (family, wedding etc)

    I can’t thank Jodi enough for this time saving and beautifying set! THANK YOU!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura Myers Photography:

    Best Actions Ever!

    I have tried MANY “designers” actions and didn’t find any I loved until I used MCP actions! Newborn Necessities is easy to use and has cut my editing time in half! The results are amazing! I use them on almost all of my photos from babies to brides and everything in between 🙂

    I have used a few different sets by MCP and while I love them all, Newborn Necessities is my absolute favorite! Thanks Jodi for creating such amazing actions!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Burgher of LMB Photography:

    What did I do without Newborn Necessities?

    I take newborn pictures at the hospital so the babies that I am working with are anywhere from 1-3 days old. That means many red, yellow, blotchy babies. There are also time issues as the turnaround from shoot to show should be within an hour. Newborn Necessities has been my go to action set on all of these shoots. I don’t even need to use anything else. My most used action from the set is sugar and spice and eyes wide open.

    These actions aren’t just for newborns, I use them on all my portraits: families, seniors, children, babies, etc. I love these actions and really can’t imagine editing without them. I also can’t believe they ONLY cost $149. Thanks MCP.

  5. 5 out of 5


    Favorite action Set!

    This is by far my favorite set of actions…The tones are amazing and work perfectly with babies, but are versatile enough to bring equally amazing results with anything or anybody. These actions work great on people of all ages. There’s not a photo that I take that I don’t use at least a little bit of newborn necessities in. I love its corrective abilities! Definitely the best action set I own!

  6. 5 out of 5


    I love the newborn necessities actions for photoshop! They are everything I need to produce wonderful newborn portraits. I even use the actions for my other photo sessions!

  7. 5 out of 5


    Just what I wanted!

    I was a bit hesitant to purchase this newborn action set, even after reading all of the stellar reviews, simply because I am not huge on obviously edited photos. I am so glad that I did! This product is incredible and I love the simplicity of each action and that I can make my final product as subtle or as out there as I want it. My editing time has been cut in half and I’m sure once I get my flow with this new product, it will be cut even more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Radford Photography:

    No regrets!!

    I was asked to do my first Newborn session a couple months ago. I contemplated getting the Newborn Necessities Actions — what if that session was the *only* newborn shoot I’d ever have. I asked the MCP Group what they thought and everyone who owned the action said it was great.

    Jodi even commented and was very honest and said I could probably just do my own hand edits and then if I ended up getting more newborns down the road and my budget allowed it, to go ahead and purchase it. Well, I didn’t listen to her and instead went ahead and got it right away 🙂 I’m so glad I did. I live in a small community where there aren’t a lot of newborn photographers.

    My newborn photos keep getting shared and I’ve already had 4 newborns in 2 months with two more on the books. I credit 100% of this to these actions. There is no way the baby’s skin tones would look as good as they do without these actions. That alone is worth it. In addition to the skin tone tools there are several other great actions within the set. Love it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jean Smith Photography:

    You’ve thought of everything!

    Wow. Wow. WOW. I am dying over this set. It is beyond awesome. You thought of everything and every situation relating to newborns and provided an action to enhance or fix.

    Jean Smith Photography

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Robertson:

    My workflow is about to charge… awesome actions.

    These are super awesome actions. These are the best laid out, organized, easy to use actions. My workflow is about to change big time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura Yates Photography:

    Just Get It!! Worth Every Penny!

    I was a little on the fence about purchasing this action set because I have plenty of other MCP actions (Complete Work Flow, Bag of Tricks, Fusion, and Ultimate Portrait Package) and I was worried that I may get similar tools to what I already had between my other action sets. After FB messaging MCP and getting some clarification, I went ahead and bought the set.

    Let me just say- it is by far my FAVORITE yet.

    Everything you need to edit your session is right at your fingertips. I’ve edited one session with it so far and it cut my editing time in half. So thrilled with this set. THANK YOU JODI!!!

  12. 5 out of 5


    What a time saver!

    I bought the Newborn actions because I have two very large newborn orders to fill. Even though I can correct things like redness and dry skin, I also know they can be time consuming to do it well and keep things from looking “overly retouched.” I knew your actions would be a time saver, but I had no idea just how much I would love them. They transformed my little guy in no time, and considering that TIME IS MONEY these will pay for themselves by the end of this weekend. I was satisfied with my “before” edit and my clients would have been happy, but now I LOVE it and the little guy’s parents will be blown away. Thank you for a wonderful product.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashlie Dobbins Photography:

    These are AMAZING!!!
    Holy smokes!!! These actions are awesome! As a “new” part-time photographer, these actions made my images look so polished and beautiful. Cuts the time spent editing TONS!!! Great job MCP… And THANK YOU!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shanna Rae Photography:

    By far the BEST newborn editing set available!
    I can’t say enough awesome things about this set. I am completely obsessed! This set makes it so easy to get everything from skin tones and lighting, to sharp eyes and that perfect hint of color. I find myself wanting to edit every night using this set because the possibilities are endless. Thank you for another amazing action set Jodi this photographer is totally hooked!!!

  15. 5 out of 5


    Saving soooo much time.
    Thanks to your new pack my newborn photographs have reached a new level!
    I’m saving so much time! And they are jus perfect!!! Congrats! Huge fan from Argentina.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Skeoch Photography:

    Just bought this action set about an hour ago and all I can say is WOW!

    So easy to use and the results are just amazing. Worth every darn penny! Thank YOU Jodi!

  17. 5 out of 5


    I’ve bought so many actions, and downloaded so many freebies. I had just about given up. These actions are so amazing. Wow. So natural and clean edit looking!

  18. 5 out of 5


    Newborn Necessities are all you need!
    I’ve been buying actions for the 2.5 years I’ve been in business, so the last thing I “needed” was more actions. Still, I could not find my happy place in newborn edits. There is no doubt the money spent on Newborn Necessities is worth every penny! Jodi has broken down the set into well organized groupings including everything from skin and color actions to sharpening and color cast correcting. These actions are going to replace most of my other actions without a doubt. Thank you, Jodi, for making me look good and making editing so much faster!

  19. 5 out of 5


    Just amazing!

    Wow, wow, wow!!! I just bought your newborn actions and I’m in LOVE. It works well on newborn and all types of pictures.

  20. 5 out of 5



    What more can I say? These are brilliant and taken my photos to the next level! Can’t wait to purchase some more!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy Yates Photography:

    Great Set – Great Service. Newborn Necessities is my go-to set for much of my portrait work, I love how it quickly adds a little extra to my work.

    More importantly, I have found your set to be priceless in the work I do for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. As an affiliated photographer with NILMDTS I capture pictures for families who have to say goodbye to their babies.

    Your set allows me to quickly and beautifully retouch these images. Newborn Necessities gives me the flexibility to use different actions, at different strengths (allowing for dramatic to subtle) so I can provide pictures to these families that are beautiful and timeless.

  22. 5 out of 5


    Wow!!!!!!! I’ve never experienced actions like these. They add beauty, softness, and sweetness to all of my baby images, and other images that require a soft subtle beauty.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sammie Manners Photography – Australia!:

    Wow, thank you soooo much for these amazing actions! I have defintely moved on bigger and better with my photography! Cuts my editing time in half and gives my images that beautiful cut clean look I love! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Meier Photography:


    Love this action set! I moved it to the top of my actions pallet:) I intend to use on all my images. I’ve only used it on a couple of session edits but so far soooo good! Worth every penny! Thank you Jodi!

  25. 5 out of 5


    LOVE this set!!!

    Newborn Necessities is an amazing set of actions that not only are to be used on newborn editing, but on just about anything. It definitely helps A LOT with newborn editing and hits all the right spots. There is pretty much a fix for anything as far as newborn tricks go with this lovely set of actions. You will be able to create perfectly beautiful shots when using these actions to edit….And there are SO many options with this as well which is why it can be used on many other subjects, other than just newborns.

  26. 5 out of 5


    I used these great actions on my first newborn session and it made them look so beautiful and clean. I’m excited to be able to take my photos to the next level.

  27. 5 out of 5



    This is a great product!! Just love it! Makes editing newborn photos very quick and easy!!!

  28. 5 out of 5


    I absolutely adore this set. It’s a must have for a newborn photographer !!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Monica Day Photography:

    Makes editing newborn images easy.
    Jodi has covered every conceivable aspect of editing babies and packaged them neatly in a baby bag worth of actions to use and improve my workflow.

    Monica Day Photography

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Callahan, Memories by TLC:

    Cut my editing time in half.

    This set is simply amazing. It is very easy to use and has cut my editing time in half. This is a must have for all newborn photographers.

  31. 5 out of 5

    Jill Jacobs:

    Every newborn photographer needs these!
    I absolutely love the Newborn Essentials set from MCP Actions! It is my go to for editing all of my newborn and baby images. The workflow MCP created allows for a perfect edit every time. Every newborn photographer needs these!

  32. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Smiley:

    Everything needed to edit newborns.

    Newborn Necessities has everything you need to quickly and efficiently process your newborn session.

    Lisa Smiley

  33. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Green:

    Best thing to happen since becoming a pro photographer!

    This action set is the most exciting thing to happen to my workflow since becoming a professional photographer. I want to scream my love of this newborn action set to every photographer I know!

    Deanna Green

  34. 5 out of 5

    Gina Neary, Pea Head Prints:

    Worth every cent for newborn photographers.

    If you photograph babies you NEED Newborn Necessities! This set has EVERYTHING you need to edit a newborn session from start to finish in just a couple of clicks. This is an investment worth every cent for a newborn photographer!

  35. 5 out of 5

    Maria Pavlickova:

    I can’t believe my eye !!! Waaauuu! Thank you!

  36. 1 out of 5


    I purchased this as i have always wanted to do a newborn workshop and saw all the positive reviews. I can say im definitely not happy with this product. so much time wasted in these videos to make it a long video. there was alot of settling bubs in most videos which wasted alot of time. Was an absolute waste of money especially being Australian Dollars of over $300. Should have just gone and done a workshop with someone in person (Hands On)

    • Jodi Friedman:

      We are sorry you feel this way. We’ve received only positive reviews of our class. Rather than rush through and explain how, we actually show techniques for soothing the baby to sleep, and how to accomplish the peaceful sleeping images photographers work so hard to capture.

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Newborn Necessities™ Photoshop Actions Set