Newborns are notorious for their red skin and blemishes. In this photo editing blueprint, learn how to retouch your newborn photos to create a nice, creamy skin tone.
Image Courtesy of Arden Prucha Photography
Photo Editing Blueprint.
Editing time: 6-8 minutes (when not recording a video!)
1. Light All Over. 45% To increase the overall exposure.
2. Anti-Lobster Skin CS2 Version. Brushed in over baby to reduce magenta tones.
3. Anti-Fake n’ Bake. Brushed in over baby to reduce the reddish tones.
4. Turn Up the Heat! 50% to warm the image and add more yellow tones
Next, select the background layer and duplicate it [cmd or ctrl + J].
5. Cloning. Using a low opacity clone stamp brush (20-30% opacity), sample from clean skin and clone over the baby’s skin to smooth and remove the blotchy patches. Resample the clone from area continuously for clean and smooth blending.
Don’t forget to change the blending mode of the clone stamp tool. Lighten: when you have dark areas that need to be cloned from lighter areas. Darken: when you have light spots that need cloned darker. Luminosity: when you don’t want the color of the sampled area to be taken into consideration—only the tone.
6. Euphoria. 57% This action is a great skin toning and overall image toning action. Adjust opacities and internal layers as desired. Use a tiny, low opacity black brush to remove the Euphoria action from areas you want darker like the lash line using the layer mask.
7. Sweet Maple. 45% Using a black brush, mask it OFF the baby so the tone just darkens and transforms the blanket. Experiment with different tones depending on the color you want to change the blanket to.
8. Flawless Face. Using a low opacity brush, paint it over the blanket and skin for a touch of creamy softness. Avoid going overboard with it and making skin too smooth and fake looking.
9. Merge It. This creates a new pixel layer that you can do things like use a history brush on.
10. History Brush. Using a very low opacity history brush, paint over the lash lines, eyebrows, wrap and hat. Basically, use it to bring back the look of the original image.