Action Edit “Baby Clean”

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I wanted to show you my step-by-step workflow using the “Baby Clean” (and a few others) action from the Everyday Elements “Everyday Essentials” action set. I edited this image in Photoshop CS5. (tech info for those interested, I shot this on my D700 and 50mm f/1.4 at ISO 1600, f/3.2 and 1/160 sec.)

Here are my before/SOOC (straight-out-of-camera) and after images…

First I ran the “Baby Clean” action on the image. On the ‘smooth skin’ layer, I painted on the areas that I wanted smooth, however, I reduced the opacity on that layer down to about 45%. I turned down the opacity on the ‘brighten’ย  layer to 17%, because it was pretty bright. I really didn’t need to do much else to this image, but it seemed a bit cool to me. I did also check the ‘turn down the reds’ layer to help get rid of her splotches.

Since it seemed cool I decided to add a new warming adjustment layer, by using the layer tab at the top, and adding a new adjustment layer, and then photo filter.

Here’s what I ended up with. It’s actually too warm (for me), so I adjusted the density of the filter to 16%, and dropped the photo filter layer down to about 56%.

After those adjustments, I ran the ‘eye tricks’ action from the Everyday Essentials set.

After this, I could’ve been finished, but I wanted to add just a little something extra to make it more special, so I used Amanda’s free “Add a Haze” action. My favorite layer is the mango layer! I masked off the baby’s eyes, lips, and nostrils because I didn’t want them to be softened. And then checked the ‘bring back the contrast’ layer and dropped it to about 10%.

After this, I got it ready for the web by using the ‘web size and sharpen’ (also from the Everyday Essentials set).

So, here is my final product…

If you have any questions on the steps I used (or maybe I missed showing a step), feel free to comment with a question! ๐Ÿ™‚

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About Beckie

I'm Beckie, a fun, think-outside-the-box mama to 2 miracle children.
I love all things photography, and being able to share in this art with others!


  1. great tutorial Beckie! Baby edits can be so hard, it’s nice to see it step by step

  2. Thanks for this info. I am currently learning how to do baby edits and I am finding it hard to even out baby’s skin when their face is darker than their body (or other way around). How do we get even toned skin all over babies body?

  3. This is so helpful, thank you! Just a few more weeks and I’ll no longer just be editing food photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. great post, very helpful. I hope I retain it all so the editing process get quicker for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Love it! Thank you for the directions!

  6. such a great tutorial! i always need all the help i can get!


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