Here's part 2 of how to build an action, this time we're creating a new layer, running a dust and scratches action, adding a little noise and then adding a black layer mask to hide all the areas we don't want to effect. It's very similar to my flake remover action, however instead of utilizing the history brush, you would do all your painting on the layer mask instead.
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If you find yourself taking the same steps over and over again, it's time to start building some actions. Some are as simple as adding keyboard shortcuts like we discussed in yesterday's post, where others require an action to be built. No matter what you're doing here are the basics to how to build an action within photoshop.
1) If your action panel is not currently visible, go to the Window drop down menu and choose Actions.
2) Create a new set for your actions by...
Do you find yourself doing the same things over and over again in Photoshop? Keyboard short cuts are the answer. To find out if there's already a keyboard shortcut for a step you constantly take go to:
Edit Menu--->Keyboard Shortcuts
Within this menu you can see any short cuts that already exist and click on the right under "shortcut" to add any new ones for things you do all the time. Watch the video above to see how I add an action for a curve adjustment layer.
And to prove why you...
If you haven't watched it yet, go back and check out my first video on this topic:
This new video takes my flake remover action just a little bit further so you can remove those big pieces of skin that often are found on babies hands and feet.
I show you how you can accomplish this quickly using your history brush or the same thing using non-destructive layers.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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...
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...