How to Remove Newborn Baby Face Hair?
Loving parents do not want to miss the opportunity to capture their precious moment of their life when their new child is born. With uncontrollable interest, they invite professional children photographer to capture the early moments of their child's life. In contrast, newborn photography requires a greater amount of patience and skill. During the photography, the photograph may contain accidental problems which need photo editing.
Newborn baby faces often have numerous skin problems and all are normal. That requires a great amount of time editing and retouching the photos. And here comes this blog. Through this blog, I will be discussing the process of removing newborn baby facial hair fluently.
Redness of baby skin
When a new baby is born, sometimes there is thin hair found on the face, shoulders, and back of newborns which is called lanugo. All baby grows lanugo hair in the foetuses as a normal part of gestation. Though the hair goes way between the period of 36 to 40 weeks, it hampers in normal photography of premature infants who have this kind of hairs.
But what to do with this in case of photography? Suppose you take photos of a newborn with this soft hairs, with modern post-production facilities’, you can get rid of those hairs to make the photo more appealing and memorable.
Let me share the process of how to remove newborn face hair-
The first step I follow is to make the babies skin smooth. It will be very useful when I want to remove the facial hair. Copy the background layer and run the Portraiture tool at default settings. After that adjust the opacity and it fixes it between 60-70. After that, I add a mask and mask off areas like lips, hair, and eyes.
The second step is to clean the defected face skin and acne from the face. In this process, I can also remove the babyface hair. To do this I have to hold down the Ctrl+Alt+Shift button then I press E. It will make a new layer that merges the previous layer. Now I use the healing brush to remove the hair and pimples. When using the healing brush, I select small areas which are perfect and patch large areas with defects.
Here come the steps of removing the facial hair
First, I select the Healing brush. The Spot Healing Brush will work for smaller sections. Then I select a small section of the face where there is no hair. I do this by holding down the ‘Option’ key on Mac or ‘Alt’ key on windows. After that, I click one portion of the face that does not have hair. Fun fact is that you can increase or decrease the size of the sample.
Now I have the perfect area that you can use to remove the area with hairs. Draw the brush over the areas that have facial hair. When I am drawing, the healing tool will match the texture and lighting with the sample pixel that I choose earlier.
For me, it's like taking one portion of the image and replacing other places with that area. I am extremely careful when I am drawing near mouth, nose, and eyes. Because accidentally or not I brush on them, they will be removed from the image. Of course, that's not what I want, isn’t it?
Then I select the “dodge tool” from the toolbar. I prefer you to figure out the parts of the image that has become too dark. Repeat the healing in the necessary places. And also, repeat this process until all hairs are gone. Happy? See how easy it was. Share me some of your working samples, I will be pleased.
Now to go further you can raise the mid tones and shadows on the image to make it nice. Go to “adjustments” and open a new levels layer. You have to take the middle slider and slide it left and then take the output and change it.