Newborn Photo Editing | Creating Creamy Newborn Skin
Hello and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I decided to take my first crack at writing a tutorial. A few weeks ago I took sweet little baby Addison’s photos. Her mommy Kelsey gave me permission to use her image in my very first tutorial which happens to be on Newborn Photo Editing! I figured that my first time teaching would be on the topic of ‘Pageant Photo Editing’ since I have a good amount of experience in that area, but I found that editing a newborn was VERY similar so here we go!…
A few points to consider:
- I typically use Photoshop but I thought I would give Lightroom a try for the sake of batch processing since I edit each and every photo that I give to my clients.
- This photo was shot using a Nikon D300s and my 50mm f/1.4 lens.
- These images are shot in RAW format.
- I know there are multiple ways to do newborn photo editing, but this is what I find to be simple and it creates a nice end result.
1. This is the SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) image with no adjustments. I think it is pretty nice on its own, but in some cases you may need to decrease the saturation of the red tones or adjust the exposure.
2. I found that skin softening first worked out easier than starting with spot removal. To achieve a newborn baby glow, I used the Adjustment Brush Tool (K) to create a mask. I avoided masking Addison’s eyes, nose and mouth so they stayed sharp. Once the mask was where I wanted it, using the slider I reduced the clarity. For this example, clarity was reduced to -46.
3. After the clarity was reduced, I closed the mask menu by clicking again on the Adjustment Brush Tool (K). Next I manually adjusted the White Balance using the Temp and Tint sliders under the Basic Menu Bar. I was sure to decrease the blue tones and further remove any red cast in the skin (still keeping the skin peachy).
4. Next I take the Spot Removal (Q) tool and set the Brush to Heal rather than Clone to get rid of any baby acne or skin blotches.
5. After I adjusted the White Balance I lost some of the Red Tones in the hat. Using the same type of masking technique (in Step 2), I selected the pink stripes in the hat and increased the Saturation. This resulted in the final image below!
After: Final Edit