Anyone who has photographed a newborn knows how difficult it is to accomplish that smooth, creamy skin we want to see from their photos. Here's a quick before and after and how to that should help you get from red, blotchy and bumpy to smooth, creamy and pretty.
This is my before photo. All I have done to this image is added the watermark. Otherwise it is straight out of the camera (SOOC):
I use several steps to get to my after. The first thing I did was to brighten the photo using curves. Don't overdo the brightness though. My image was slightly underexposed due to my house beng more like a cave.
After my basic brightening, I used the dropper to pick a color off his forehead where there is less red. On a new transparent layer, I use this color to paint at 13% opacity over the redder areas on his cheeks and nose. Then I add a gaussian blur to the layer and reduce the opacity until it looks natural. This step will dramatically reduce your red areas.
The next thing I did was to fine tune my curves. For this image I raised the midtones and added more black.
Then to really give your newborn that dreamy look, go to hue and saturation and lower your reds and yellowws. How much will depend on your individual photo.
To smooth out the blemishes I use a combination of the heal tool and the clone tool, set to 20% opacity.
The last two things I do to my image are an USM and run the image through noiseware. This is the finished image:
And cropped down:
I hope you enjoyed and can use some of the steps in your own photos. Just remember, each image is unique. There is no one-step process for them all. I hope to post more photography how to's once we get settled in TX. I hope you'll look for them!