Newborn Necessities™ Photoshop Actions Set


4.90 out of 5 based on 42 customer ratings
(42 customer reviews)

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

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 (All versions of Creative Cloud)
Photoshop Elements (All Versions)
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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42 reviews for Newborn Necessities™ Photoshop Actions Set

  1. 5 out of 5


    I have loved using the MCP actions. I have the Inspire collection and the
    Newborn Necessities collection. In my editing I always use at least one of
    the presets in Inspire and for black and white pics I love NN presets. I
    would love to get some new collections.

  2. 5 out of 5


    The Newborn Necessities Photoshop Action Set has taken my photos to a whole new level. There are so many options and it is frequently difficult to choose a favorite. I have been using it for several years and it is still my go to set of actions!

  3. 5 out of 5


    I bought the “Newborn Necessities” photoshop package last year and it has
    exceeded my expectations! I use it all the time and it has definitely made
    a difference with my photos. It was a great starter pack for someone
    getting used to photoshop!

  4. 5 out of 5


    I purchased Newborn Necessities Photoshop Actions Set several years ago when I did a lot of newborn sessions. I stopped doing newborn sessions but I haven’t stopped using the Newborn Necessities actions! I shoot real estate photography now and I use the actions all the time!! and I’d be lost without the Touch of Light/Dark Action too!!

  5. 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maria Pavlickova:

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 5 out of 5


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

  14. 5 out of 5



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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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!!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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