It is an art to find out if an edit is being used sufficiently on a photograph and when it is used too much. Think of a “before” photo as one that is being retouched and an “after” image as an edited version of the same. Each and every clipping path company provide additional services to basic “editing”, so the word can have more meaning.
The skill to distinguish before and after photos comes instinctively to experienced photo editing services. There is no rulebook regarding which one is a good photo edit and which one is not, but carefully looking at the edited photo and comparing it with the one before it can reveal that. A flawless photo edit is like the saying “less is more”, and a professional clipping path company thrives on it. Still, there are things that tell apart an improper edit by an amateur editor.
An Edit that Distracts
If people happen to notice that retouching or post-processing has been applied to a photo, then it is an indication of the quality of work. This can happen if adjustment filters are used more than required to achieve a particular effect. Although this kind of flaw can occur while using any adjustment filter, below are two common ones that new editors have to be careful of.
Dodging and Burning
The editors use the dodge tool in Adobe Photoshop to lighten the areas of a photograph. Sloppy dodging around the subject of a photo can look easily noticeable to the naked eye. If a bright spot is visible over the subject, anyone can tell the technique is overused. When it comes to dodging, less is certainly more and the same applies to burning or darkening the exposure of light or bright areas on a photo.
If the colors of an edited photo look unnatural, it is going to distract the viewers. On the other hand, subtle color shifts can help avoid that and make the photo’s subject in focus. Budding editors can achieve that by carefully making adjustments on Vibrance and Saturation sliders in editing software.
Inaccurate Representation of Color
Another minor flaw that can happen while editing a photo too much is called “banding”. This often occurs while editing to bring details in a skyline backdrop and the output turns out to be one with off-center band of colors instead of a smooth gradient. Banding is noticeable especially when photos are viewed enlarged.