How to Create Inexpensive Wool Fluff for Newborn Composites

 

When I create newborn composite images in photoshop, I like to try to match the environment the baby is going to be photoshopped into as closely as possible. Check out my quick video tutorial on how I create fluffy curls with inexpensive yarn that I buy at my local craft stores. I find this technique works great and doesn't cost me a fortune to have every color of the rainbow on hand. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think! 

 

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Quick Win: How to Fix Blown-Out Highlights in Photoshop

quick win Nov 21, 2019
 

I love a good contrast ratio and I certainly don't want flat lighting, however, I often struggle with my highlights being a bit too bright. Here is a quick 5 step technique to bring back detail in your highlights.

  1. Head over to your channels pallet within photoshop and Command + Click on the RGB Channel. 
  2. Press Command+J to jump this selection to a new layer. Congratulations you now have your highlights on a new layer.
  3. Change the blend mode of your new highlights layer to "Multiply"
  4. Hold...
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Frequency Separation for Skin Smoothing

 

I've talked about this before and I'll talk about it again I'm sure- Frequency Separation for Skin Smoothing. Watch the video to see the settings I use to get smooth infant skin using the frequency separation technique, then try it for yourself! 

 

Cheers, 

Paige

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Speed Edit: Compositing on White

white background Nov 18, 2019
 

Creating realistic white and cream backgrounds composites seem to be where newborn photographers struggle the most. If you don't shoot for it, it's almost impossible to make it look real! Watch my speed edit using this gorgeous background from Luisa Dunn.

Want the background ? Buy it here.

I shot the image of the baby using my perfect posie by Graceland Designs which you can buy here.

and finally if you want the same cream fluff that I used in the original image, head on over to amazon...

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Where to Buy Digital Backgrounds for Newborn Photographers

Digital backgrounds for newborn photographers are a dime a dozen these days. They're everywhere. But the cool thing about digital backgrounds is that just like all the other physical newborn props out there you can pick and choose based on what fits your likes and dislikes as an artist. Just because you might have the technical ability to Photoshop the baby into the arms of a gorilla doesn't mean you have to create that image. It also doesn't mean that someone else isn't crazy for animal...

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Composites Make for Happier Clients

Have you ever done a sales session where your client says "Oh, I love that one of my daughter, but I wish there were a similar one of my son!" Or maybe "Oh I wish that one was horizontal since all the other ones are horizontal"

It can be frustrating and lead to lost sales when you don't have the images that go together the way the client is envisioning. Enter photoshop and compositing techniques. Not always, but occasionally we can fix these situations after the fact and today I just want to...

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How to Blend Textures in Newborn Composites

 

Blending in Photoshop for newborn composites can be tough, but really it’s all about the fluff. When you purchase a digital background from another photographer you have some amazing options that would otherwise cost you hundreds of dollars to set up yourself. Hand painted backgrounds, expensive props, fresh flowers, etc etc. But the biggest problem with using one of these gorgeous backgrounds is that you have to match the texture and color of wherever the baby is going to be...

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Quickly Change Colors in Photoshop Using Hue Saturation Layers

 

"I just need one shot".....I imagine as a photographer you've heard that one a time or two. But you know getting one shot is a lot more than the click of a shutter. 

However, with the wonder of Photoshop sometimes we really can quickly make that one shot without too much extra effort on our part. One of the ways to do this is by using color changes within your workflow. 

 The mother of this baby boy really wanted just one shot for her Christmas card- but we didn't want to waste...

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Compositing Challenge! FREE Digital Background

 

Watch my full photoshop tutorial for newborn editing in this brand new digital background of the month, then download the background {for FREE!} and try it for yourself!

I have found that I learn Photoshop for newborn photography best simply by doing. (Especially when it comes to creating realistic digital composites for newborns) I figure out how I could have shot the newborn image better to begin with, what I struggled with and the mistakes I made by getting in there and trying it...

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Watch Me Edit: Outdoor Newborn Photography

 

I was feeling nostalgic last week when I pulled up all the old newborn photos from my 3 boys so decided I'd re-edit one more from my last son's outdoor session.

In this video I'll show you how to make minor changes to an image to remove distracting elements, reduce flaky skin and other minor blemishes and improve overall skin tone appearance. 

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