With kids you’re likely to get splotchy skin; chapped lips; or food on their faces (or even marker, as a friend’s daughter tonight at church). Although it might be realistic, if you really like the photo you’ll probably want to edit the skin.

I’m sure you’ve seen photos that look fuzzy, without much sharpness and detail. It hides wrinkles, but I don’t generally like that style of editing on an entire photo (although I’ll show you one in a before and after shot next week). I’m going to use that technique to edit my daughter’s splotchy skin, without affecting the entire photo.

Day 19 - Before

Day 19 - After

The Edits

  1. Use Lightroom’s Spot Removal Tool to get rid of the little specks of food or very dry skin at the corners of her mouth.
  2. Use the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom to paint reduced clarity on her face (I went all the way to -100 on this one). Is skin that perfect realistic? Maybe not, but her skin was so chapped at the time that I probably wouldn’t have used this photo otherwise, and I like her little mouth and expression.
  3. Use a preset called WOW-c_HSL-skin_01 from the Perfect Presets for Lightroom 2 & 3 collection from OnOne Software, a free download. This preset is great for removing red tones from skin. Read Day 3 for directions on using LR2 & 3 presets in LR4.
  4. Use the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom to reduce saturation and brightness in the whites of her eyes (they looked gray).
  5. Use the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom to increase saturation and clarity in her irises.

This is definitely more than my usual amount of editing, but sometimes it’s fun to play.

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