Fix – It- Friday | Beaufort Portrait Photographer

So I have decided to try the Fix-It-Fridays again. We’ll see how it goes. I really need your support and thoughts on this for me to keep up with it. So please interact on these. Let me know what you think or questions you have. I took this image this morning. It is really underexposed and he has a drool on his chin along with some redness. So lets get this image looking pretty!


1. Duplicate background layer and use the heal tool to remove the drool and the red patch on his chin.
2. Flatten
3. Open your adjustments and do a curves layer. Raise the mid-tones until it looks good to you.
4. While your in adjustments do a contrast layer. This is mainly for the background of the photo. Contrast +62, then brush off at 50% on the baby and anything that looks to contrasty.
5. I used Glisten from the Michelle Kane collections on his eyes to brighten and sharpen them a little bit.
6. Use another curves adjustment layer to remove some of the magenta color in the photo.
7. Duplicate the background layer again and sharpen the photo with an unsharp mask.
8. Click on the top layer and then I used Flawless Face from the Michelle Kane collections. I applied it with my brush at 30% on the background only. This smooths it out a tad. Reduces the noise.
9. Add a vignette layer at 69%.
10. Resize for web
And here you have it…



Kristi James
Newborn | Family | Couples | Boudoir photographer
Serving Bloomsburg, PA and surrounding areas.
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  • September 9, 2011 - 5:17 pm

    Cristal - WOW!!!!! I’m still lost at the brush off step!!!! you should think about doing some lessons girl!!! and your little guy is a cutie patootie!

  • September 9, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Amanda Miller - Cutie-pa-tootie! I love that backdrop… or at least I’m assuming it’s a backdrop. 🙂

  • September 9, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Kristi James - ha ha your silly. These are lessons 😉 Brush off on here meant that the adjustment layer will have a mask layer with it. it will either be black or white. If it is white then you will use a black brush and if it is black then you will use a white brush and apply it on the mask layer. I hope that helped a little. Thanks for the feedback!!! Thanks, I think he is a cutie too!! I heart him!

  • September 9, 2011 - 5:57 pm

    Kristi James - Yes it is a backdrop! Thank ya!

  • September 10, 2011 - 2:38 am

    Jessica Pratt - Love it! I love these!!! Now, when you were here, we did a couple different techniques; how do you decide which to go with on different photos?

  • March 2, 2013 - 2:59 am

    kimber - By any chance could you share the flawless face steps. I watched a video but couldn’t figure out what actions she recorded to get the soft skin.

  • March 2, 2013 - 3:05 am

    kimber - I guess A better way to ask my questions is this. Could you run the flawless face, open up the group take a screen shot and share that way I am a visual?

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