March 4th, 2010 by ariana
A lot of people asked me about my newborn post processing, and what I “do to my photos” in photoshop. For many images, my goal is as little as possible other than white balance! That works much of the time, but newborns usually have some magenta and blotchiness that needs some further tweaking in PS.
So we will cover how to go from blue blotchy baby:
to gorgeous warm creamy skin!
This video is in two parts because it’s a bit long.. the first part covers how I use a digital grey kard while I’m shooting , how I use it to adjust white balance in LR (or ACR it would be the same) and then how I use an inverted highlights selection to brighten everything but the highlights:
The second part covers using the spot healing and patch tools to get rid of blotches and blemishes and also how to use a levels adjustment layer mask to get rid of any remaining dark magenta areas:
Let me know if you have any questions!
PS, I did this on a different monitor that hasn’t been calibrated for quite some time, so my skin tones may be look a tad off, but the principles are the same :)
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