Photoshop Tutorials- Newborn Skin Tutorial – Ashley McNamara – Danville Photographer

This is supposed to be August’s tutorial but I was running a little late..

I posted on facebook asking what my next tutorial should be and I got an overwhelming response to cover newborns, topics I was asked to cover were how to get rid of baby acne and how neutralize yellow or red skin tones… which brings me to the reason my tutorial is late. I don’t have many issues with acne or skin tones I was having a lot of trouble finding a photograph to use for the tutorial and this got me thinking, “why don’t I have these issues?”

 #1 Exposure is VERY important. If you are not exposing correctly the skin imperfections/tone will be magnified.

 #2 I typically shoot within the first 5 days and babies start to get acne around day 10.

This little guy is a good friends baby, who is 10 days old. Which provided the perfect picture for the tutorial. I know most of you were hoping for some big secret but there isn’t one. The key is exposure and getting in there early if you do those two things then you should not have any issues but if you do here are a couple of things you can do to fix it. If you are a seasoned professional this video probably isn’t for you but feel free to take a peek just to hear how silly I sound!  You have no idea how much I dislike hearing myself on video!


If you have comments or questions feel free to leave them in the comment box. I appreciate it and hope this is helpful for all of you that are just starting out.

  • Hey … thanks for the tut and the tips! It’s always helpful to watch someone walk through the steps!

  • Ash your so cute….

  • Crystal ~ momaziggy

    Great tut. I love the patch tool as well! I’m a big fan of yours and love your action set that I bought! I have your blog bookmarked and check it all the time. Thanks for everything you do! And by the way, I hate hearing my voice too, but think yours is great! Lol!

  • Thanks for the tutorial! Exposure, exposure, exposure . . . I’m gonna be careful. 🙂

  • Kristin Rachelle

    That was rad fool! Nice job!

  • Great tutorial. I always love to learn something new and see how other people do it! Thanks!

  • Thanks, thanks, thanks! Yesterday I had a baby with baby akne and this toutorial made my live much easier!

  • Thank you for another awesome tutorial!! They are always super helpful.

  • Heather

    I’m loving these tutorials… thanks!
    and…. how cute is your voice! I think it’s
    neat to finally hear the voice behind the face 🙂

  • Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou!!! I need to know everything LOL.
    Skin tones is something im trying to learn in Photoshop currently. Not just new borns but toddles, adults. The dropper tool ???!!
    Thankyou so so much xxx

  • Thank you so much for doing these! Just wanted to say how much I appreciate the time and effort you put in these…they are super helpful, I always learn something new 🙂

  • Ashley-
    I love your work and found this so helpful! Thank you!!

  • Melissa

    Hi Ashley,
    I have your set of actions and I have to say they are my FAVORITE actions ever! Vintage Haze #4 is my all time fav. When I was watching this tutorial, I noticed that you said that you run your Soft Color Pop & Portraiture actions on most all of your images. Were those included in the set of actions? I see that there are 2 color pop actions, but they are Colorliscious 1 & 2 only. I also did not see a Portraiture action. How can I get these?

    Thank you!

  • i love your work ashley. thank you for the tutorial. it is fun to see how others work in photoshop. i am embarrassed to say i have never used the patch tool…. but i will now!

  • Awesome tutorial – thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Allyson

    Wow! Thank you SO much! That was extremely helpful…even when not using it on newborns. I have 2 kids with storkbites and that worked amazingly on them!!! Thank you!!

  • melissa

    Ohhh WOW!! Thank you so much for sharing this!! SUPER tutorial. Your work is AMAZINGGGG!! :]

  • elin

    great tutorial!! thank you for taking the time to do this…..very useful!! 🙂

  • awesome, thanks!

    i don’t know why but my fade isn’t available after i use the patch tool? Even on it’s own layer… any ideas?

  • endritgi

    good game

  • Thank you so much. I have a twin shoot this morning so this will come in handy.

  • Thanks so much. I learned / was reminded of a lot of things. I love your work.

  • Thanks so much for sharing. I have been trying to figure out how to get that creamy skin tone for a while now. I love your images! Your work is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for being willing to share your knowledge. I think I may have to buy your actions.
    Thanks again!

  • Thanks for the tutorial…so simple! I always have trouble with newborns red eye lids. Your tutorial really helped!

  • Shannon S

    Great tutorial I love learning new things!

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  • Thank you so much. Very helpful. I need to get a little more instruction in those curves but it was great to see how you used the color balance. Thanks so much!

  • Thank you so much for this excellent tutorial. The “Fade Patch Selection” was unknown to me and a true lifesaver!! <3

    PS: Love your style!


  • Amy H.

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! I am a beginning photographer and just did my first newborn shoot. What a blessing this tutorial has been for me! I will be following you!

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  • Glad that you made a video tutorial to remove spots on skin. Will share this tutorial to my students who are just beginning to explore photoshop.

  • JoAnna DeLeon

    Great tutorial!

  • Jen McLeod

    I found your article when working on a 5-day-old with severe baby acne. If you don’t have experience with this, why are you doing a tutorial on it? The claim that babies start to get acne at around day 10 is simply untrue.