Photo editing can either bring your photos to life or ruin your photos. Nevertheless, do not worry. As a provider of photo retouching services, we share some of the most common photo editing mistakes and ways to fix them.
Your Subject Looks Like a Plastic Doll
Model photography aims to bring out the best look of the subject. However, it is one thing to bring out the best look of the subject and quite another thing to edit the image to make the model look like a plastic doll. No one appreciates their friends commenting on how Photoshopped they look in a photo. As per expert photo editing professionals, you can avoid this mistake by editing the original and retouching side by side. This will let you check if you are going overboard with the photo retouching.
Eyes of Your Subject Are Too Bright
It is normal for photographers to want the eyes of their subjects to be attractive. To achieve this, many photographers will make use of the dodge tool to brighten the eyes. This can make the eyes bright and shiny, but many people do not understand that there is a threshold that they should not cross. Be attentive about how much of the iris you are lightening. This applies to both human and animal subjects, as the technique of eye-brightening is applied to both.
Our professionals recommend going over the iris of the subject once with the dodge tool with an opacity of about fifty percent. You can then make use of white balance to ensure that the white parts of the eyes are attractively white. After that, use the burn tool at about fifty percent opacity. Use the tool to burn the border of the iris. Doing this will offer more contrast to the dodged area. This will not make the eyes look over-edited, and will let them stand out nicely.
Off Color Tonality
Tones of some colors can be very different and so, they will not match each other. This can happen often when you try to split-tone photos, that is when you try to edit the colors of shadows and highlights separately. Remember to make certain that the hues are of the same tone for them to match one another. For this, make sure that your monitor is properly calibrated. You can also see the edited photo on different types of screens to ensure color tonality.