Easy Guide to Edit Newborn Baby Photos in Photoshop
If you are a beginner in retouching baby photos and has no clue on how to soften skin, lighten skin and smoothing skin in Photoshop this step by step tutorial will be useful for you. Read ahead and Photoshop the baby pictures in a professional manner.
Editing Photos of Newborn Babies
Adobe Photoshop is a powerful software tool that offers the creative expansion to pull off mesmerizing image edits in relatively shorter turnaround time. With just a few careful and sophisticated steps in Photoshop, we can add a glamorous and alluring feel to the photos that serve as a treat for the eyes.
The challenge of touching up photos of infants lies in the fact that the images innately carry a degree of beauty which has to be further enhanced by giving flight to the editor’s imagination. The exact details carrying the cute expressions and postures of babies have to be preserved during the edits. However, those eyesore aspects of the images which project details about babies’ body parts in the glaring manner which are not readily apparent to the eyes in real life have to be rendered visually appealing.
The defects become apparent once you zoom the images. Since the images have been captured in high resolution, whenever they are magnified, the blemishes become more intense. The defects are usually in the form of yellowish spots, skin flaking off, feet with purplish or bluish tinge, red soreness on skin etc. These splotches can be eliminated to a large extent during shooting.
The photographer has to be careful with the amount of exposure, ambient and atmospheric lighting, and white balance during the capturing of images. This would make the process of editing quickly by the experts offering various Photoshop services.
Starting with The Editing
To start with the process of editing skin in Photoshop, select the preferred version and open the desired image within in. Next, click on ‘Curves’ layer command nested within ‘New Adjustment Layer’ under ‘Layer’ menu. A dialog box would open up once the Curves layer is activated. Here, you have to work on the mid tones of the picture for brightening up the image.
Position your cursor along the middle of the line and pull it up. Keep your attention glued on to the image to see the effects on the skin when you manipulate the line. Don’t go overboard with skin brightening and lightening as the natural tone of the babies’ skin would be abnormally compromised. Use your discretion for the optimum effect.
The unwanted effects of applying the curves layer can be eliminated from the background by choosing layer mask from the layers palette and then any soft, black brush. Run the brush on the background carefully to obliterate any effect that does not complement the natural hue of the image. Make it a point to darken the background to make the subject appear prominently. The image has to be subsequently flattened.
Opening infant photography in Photoshop
Removing The Blemishes
In order to remove the blotches and spots, you need to apply the clone stamp tool. Set the opacity level to 40% for eliminating the redness, flakiness, splotches and other spots. This is what most of the outsourcing newborn photography editing companies do.
Using Clone Stamp Tool
After using the clone stamp tool
Reducing The Redness Of Babies’ Complexion
You must have observed that the skin of the infant is usually red. When the image is clicked in high resolution, this hue becomes more intense and thus the same needs to be reduced sufficiently for a soothing look. Navigate to ‘Hue/Saturation’ command under ‘New Adjustment Layer’ nestled within ‘Layer’ menu. Clicking the command would result in an addition of a Hue/Saturation layer.
The reduction in redness of skin can be accomplished by clicking on the pull-down arrow and then adequately reducing the saturation of red hue. Next, you can also reduce the concentration of purple or magenta color on the skin by reducing the saturation under ‘magentas’. Once this aspect of Photoshoping babies photo is done, you need to get the image flattened.
Adding Hue/Saturation Layer
Reducing the saturation level
Rendering The Skin Smoother, Glistening, And Soft
You would now require a duplicate layer. On this layer, an addition of gaussian blur layer would facilitate providing the smooth feeling to the skin. You can add this by navigating to ‘Gaussian Blur’ command under ‘Blur’ in ‘Filter’ menu. In the dialog box that appears, the radius has to be set to 8.0. The layer has to be inverted now for painting on the blur effect. Next, navigate to the ‘White Layer Mask’ box within the blur layer found within layers palette.
You can get the layer inverted over here by pressing Ctrl + I on the keyboard. The color of the layer mask box would be changed to black to indicate inversion. Now, you need to select a white brush of small diameter and with the opacity of 100% for the painting of blurring effect over the skin. When moving the brush over the subject, ensure that you are not touching the lips, nose, and eyes of the infant.
The blur’s opacity level can be reduced by decreasing the layer’s opacity. After you are done with this effect, you would observe that the skin of the newborn baby has been rendered naturally soft, lustrous and attractive which is free of any blemish.
Duplicate The Layer
Adding Gaussian blur layer to smoothen skin
Adjusting Radius Percentage
Invert the layer and brush on the required area
Blemishes Removed Image
Adding Creamy Glow To Newborn’s Skin
In Photoshop, you can render the skin of the newborn creamier to make it more appealing to the eyes. For achieving creamy newborn skin, you have to navigate to the icon of ‘half white/half black adjustments layer’ situated at the lower part of the layers palette and from over there select ‘Color Fill’ option. The fill color has to be peachy pink.
The layer’s blending mode needs to be ‘Soft Light’. Now, you have to bring down the layer’s opacity to almost 36%. After this, select a soft black brush with opacity set at 100% by clicking on the layer mask. The effect has to be erased from picture’s background. You may continue repeating the color fill layer step with soft yellow color until the desired creaminess is achieved.
Half white/half black adjustments layer’
Soft Light Layer
Layer Opacity Option
Color fill layer option
Final Output Of Soft Light Blending Mode
Creamy newborn skin applied
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