Photoshop Techniques: Newborn Composite

Julia Kelleher M.Photog.Cr., CPP

In this course, PPA instructor Julia Kelleher shares her expertise and experience, teaching you the Photoshop tricks you need to create a beautiful composite that will wow your clients!

Julia first discusses how to manage and control the elements in your photos:

  • Adjusting skin tones using the color channel, the lasso tool and selective color adjustment.
  • Creating a creamy, out of focus background with the brush tool and tilt shift blur tool, so your images really stand out.
  • Liquefying Mom… not really!! Julia teaches you how to use the liquefy tool and manipulate your pixels for the perfect maternal image.

Then, watch how to bring it all together for a two-image and three-image composite. Discuss the poses you want to capture, the equipment you’ll need, and then how to blend, refine and layer for the perfect effects.

Julia makes it look easy, behind the camera and the computer. Learn how you can too!

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Julia Kelleher Bio

Portrait Photographer Julia Kelleher specializes in newborn and family portraits out of her boutique Bend OR, studio. She offers her clients a photographic style that is timeless, textural and artistic, and specializes in newborn and family portraiture, specifically focusing on relationship images. Since moving her studio Jewel Images Portrait Design from Portland, OR to Bend, OR in 2009, it has grown from running her entire business solely, to now operating with 2 employees and thriving despite a slow economy. Julia has earned a PPA International Silver Medalist, Gold Level Photographer of the Year and several Kodak Gallery and PPA Loan Collection awards for her images. She is also a PPA Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman. Picking up her first 35mm film camera at age 14, she put it down after college to pursue a love of broadcast journalism, and spent over a decade traveling the country anchoring the news and covering general assignment stories for all three television networks. After working Portland, OR's ABC affiliate for 6 years as an on-air anchor/reporter, she left television news to pursue photography full-time. Her experience with the news industry, and expertise in media relations and public communications have given her the speaking skills to and communication techniques to help other photographers understand their clients, and improve their businesses.

Julia's teaching experience stretches worldwide for Time Exposure's ProSelect software, and she also is featured as one of a handful of instructors for the world renowned professional photographer’s video series Photovision. Also an Imaging USA and PPA affiliate school instructor, Julia excels at topics from lighting and posing newborn relationship portraiture, to marketing, in-person sales and media relations. She coaches photographers is client workflow and business systems management, and offers private mentoring in both newborn photography and sales training.