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Before and After Newborn Tutorial

This is the first time I’ve blogged this year, and actually it’s the first time I’ve blogged in a long, long time, so I thought I’d also make it the first before and after WITH a tutorial on my edit. Before I begin, I would like to say that this baby was not ever floating in water. The “water” you see is actually a vinyl backdrop placed on the floor while I shot from above (with a spotter).

My settings were:
ISO 800
SS 1/200

I work in both Lightroom and Photoshop, so I started in LR, adjusted my white balance (my SOOC has only had the WB adjusted), flipped the image, and pulled it over into PS for my final edit.

First, I created a color balance layer and added red. I then made a hue/saturation layer and bumped saturation up by +33 and the hue to +12 (this made the surfboard a fun yellow color). I added a layer mask and erased this layer off of the baby. Next, I added a color fill layer (set to soft light) in a peach tone to give the image a summery feel. I thought it needed to be a tiny bit brighter, so I added a brightness/contrast layer and set the brightness level to 10. I finished it off with a curves layer to add some vignette.
After I saved it, Lightroom automatically imports the edited .tif file, so I played around with the Red Luminance sliders (in LR) to make his skin less red and more creamy. And finally, I used the skin smoothing brush to smooth his skin a bit more.

And that’s it. I hope this was helpful, and if you’d like to see more of my work, please visit my facebook page HERE.

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