The secret is that not every baby has flawless skin. Sometimes baby has a few scratches, blemishes, or is splotchy. I absolutely cringe when I see an image so over processed that baby looks like a plastic doll. There’s a fine line between retouching and overdoing. I try really hard to make baby look better and not do too much. Here’s a perfect example of how some soft editing can remove blemishes and even out skin tone. Making baby look flawless, but still look real. (SOOC stands for Straight Out Of Camera – meaning before I have made any edits)
The first thing I do is use a Photoshop tool called the spot healing brush to remove scratches or blemishes. Then I can either use the patch or clone tool to remove blemishes on tricky areas (like the eyelids). Once those spots have been fixed I run a Florabella action called simple skin smoother to give the skin a nice even texture (this is where a soft hand is absolutely necessary to keep baby from looking like a plastic doll). Once I’m happy with the texture of the skin I use my Laura Brett newborn goodness actions to improve the color, brightness, and overall tone of the image. If baby’s skin still has a red or yellow tone (which most still do) then I will run a brush over the image and lower the opacity until the image looks balanced. And there you have it. Perfect newborn skin.