View Full Version : Critique on my Editing

Mr Firefly
04-03-2011, 09:54 PM
Hello! I've been editing a couple photos recently and decided I might ask for critique on some, new and old. Most of them are not taken me, but by my cosplay partner, Riley. Feel free to critique both the actual photos and the editing done to them, though!

From oldest to newest:

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk166/AkuRoku2127/My%20Cosplay/Our%20Cosplay/RileyShootsThinkerLinkersandLongSwords184.jpg http://wammysangels.deviantart.com/art/The-Sky-Below-181574930?q=sort%3Atime+gallery%3Awammysangels&qo=1

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk166/AkuRoku2127/My%20Cosplay/Our%20Cosplay/DSCN2320.jpg http://wammysangels.deviantart.com/art/Freelance-Baby-192610402

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk166/AkuRoku2127/My%20Cosplay/Our%20Cosplay/DSCF1844.jpg http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk166/AkuRoku2127/My%20Cosplay/Our%20Cosplay/Ciel1copy.png

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk166/AkuRoku2127/My%20Cosplay/Our%20Cosplay/DSCF1839.jpg http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk166/AkuRoku2127/My%20Cosplay/Our%20Cosplay/Ciel4copy.png

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk166/AkuRoku2127/My%20Cosplay/Our%20Cosplay/DSCF1797.jpg http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk166/AkuRoku2127/My%20Cosplay/Our%20Cosplay/Ciel5copy.png

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk166/AkuRoku2127/My%20Cosplay/Our%20Cosplay/RileyShootsThinkerLinkersandLongSwords218.jpg http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk166/AkuRoku2127/My%20Cosplay/Our%20Cosplay/Peekingcopycopy.png

Any suggestions would be great! Thank you!

04-04-2011, 09:57 AM
Wow...Too many to critique. Please be more selective.

1 I like how the brightness added more details to the jacket, but mostly everything else lost details when they got too bright or washed out. It looks good on the flesh on your face, and it helped bring out your eyes more. I think it would be better if you do some dodging and burning to make some areas selectively lighter or darker. If you go to the top menu of Photoshop, try Image, Adjustments, Shadow/Highlights. Play with the sliders to bring detailed to the shadows and highlights to you desired effect.

3 I do think the contrast and color saturation improved the look here. It is more snappy to my eyes and the scenery is more pretty. The normal ear was effectively made pointy.

4 I think you went a bit too far on the contrast increase. The eyes and the darker fabrics are hard to see. The added little faeries are a good touch.

6 The brightness and added contrast do improve the snow that was a bit too dark in the original, but I would like to see more detail than your end result. the colors and textures of your costume and skin look better. Just bring the setting a little darker or burn the edges of your knees and sleeves so the contrast against the snow.

8 Contrast is perfect on you, but the snow seemed nearly perfect on the original. You can use the history brush on the snow to bring back some details after you like the effect on you. Nice font and border!

10 Increased contrast and saturation improved it all. I like the amount you used here. Good job on the ear stretching again, but I think it is smaller than how it looked on images sample #3.

Mr Firefly
04-04-2011, 02:05 PM
I'm sorry. I'll take down some of the older or repetitive ones. Thank you for the advice, though! Lately I've been trying to get better at using the dodge and burn tools for different things. What other sorts of things are they good for? (Also, I don't think I've heard of the history brush before! I'm not sure if it's in my version or not (Photoshop Elements 5.0) but if I end up with one that has it, how does it work?)

And about ear stretching! I've been using the smudge tool and the paintbrush to make it to the shape I want as well as the Add Noise filter to put the texture back in. Do you have any other methods to suggest? Smudging isn't always very agreeable!

On another note, it's very nice to hear that my problem areas are the one's I was feeling a little more unsure about. Should I be worried about not being very subtle with my editing? I know there's a good few up there that are very intensely different, but I'm wondering about the ones like 3, 6, and 10, which still look a good bit different from the original. (I guess I'm almost wondering if it's a little harsh on the photographer, or the photograph itself to change it so much! Should I be staying more true to the original photograph?)

Thank you again for the tips!

Rock nam Lee
04-04-2011, 11:10 PM
Your post-editing is pretty good, big changes for the positive. The one big thing that bugs me in photo 3 though, is the camera is pointing too high. That horizontal branch above the hat should've been the top of the photo with more body on the bottom, the final is less bothersome then original though haha.

04-05-2011, 10:46 AM
Ahhhh...Now some of the images I critiqued are gone. Nobody else will see if they agree or not. :-( Hehe...No worries...It will be easier for others now.

Dodging and burning are terms from the old-school Darkroom printing of film onto paper. In the digital retouching "darkroom", you use the Burn brush to darken the areas you move the brush over. When you use the Dodge brush, you ligthen areas. This tool can be useful when some areas are too bright or too dark, but you don't want to effect the whole image area. Maybe the face needs brighting. Maybe an area went nearly black, but you wish to show some details. Just make sure the effect is done without doing it too much, for unnatural results. Be careful. Burning can add an undesireable orange tint. This can be nuetralized by using the desaturation brush, if you choose a subte %, like 25%, for example.

A tool that is better than the Smudge tool is the Liquify. It works similar to Smudge, but it doesn't smear details and edges nearly as much as the Smudge tool, but in Adobe Elements, it does not zoom in for close up work. Liquify is much better in Adobe Photoshop, since you can zoom in real close for precise adjustments.

The History Brush is a much more controlled Undo. Instead of undoing the whole last click, you can use a brush of the size you choose and undo precise areas. You can also set the brush for a % so you can only reduce the effect of the undo. It is great when you use a filter that looks great on the scenery, but makes the skin look bad. You just drag the brush over only the skin. The History Brush only works when you have not recropped or resized. If you did change the composition, close the file and re-open it, so the history will be renewed.

Miss Tomyo
05-17-2011, 12:53 AM
The cosplayers look blurry. You want to make sure that they're the ones in focus. The Link ones are fine but the Ciel shots need better composition.