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Sep 08, 2022 Sep 08, 2022

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I'm trying out the new .png opportunity, but these were rejected for quality issues. I'm guessing they're too blurry? Wondering if .pngs will need to be higher quality than regular jpeg photos? Especially closeups? IMG_6634.pngIMG_6094.png

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Sep 08, 2022 Sep 08, 2022

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Hi @thekohlervillager ,

The element you choose to crop for png has to be very sharp on the edge. While you are cropping you have to make sure you zoom max, beyond 200% to select properly before cropping. You should not be cropping into the background and at the same time you should not be cropping into the subject. The edge is what you have to work with.

Your files have some of the background on the edge.

jacquelingphoto2017_0-1662660147021.png

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Jacquelin

 

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Sep 08, 2022 Sep 08, 2022

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That's actually not the background, but how the edges look on those petals. I debated whether to remove it anyway.

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Sep 10, 2022 Sep 10, 2022

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For your question: no, PNGs are subject to the same quality criteria than JPEGs, and I am not convinced that these pictures should pass as JPEG.

 

In addition, your cutout work is not correctly performed:

Abambo_0-1662802857683.png

Such endings are probably quite sharp and not rounded. You get them sharp, by cutting out and reconstructing, where the cutout goes over the edge.

 

A trick that I always apply to see if my work is clean: I lay a Stroke (layer effects⇾Stroke) around my cutout. That makes nearly visible leftovers highly visible.

Abambo_1-1662803328154.png

My example here is a stroke with a 3 pixels size.

 

And I strongly agree with @jacquelingphoto2017: the background is shining through. Going to extreme pixel peeking, you will see the green border, coming from the probably green background.

Abambo_2-1662804093831.png

 

With natural objects, you will always have some overlap. To correct this, you have the Layer⇾Matting-menu in Photoshop. This won't unfortunately not provide always satisfactory results. I lock the transparency and Stamp the nearby colour over the concerned edges.

 

Even if you clean up all the errors, you will, at least for 6634 have difficulties in getting a viable cutout. It's probably not worth the energy you put in, because of the very complex pattern.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Sep 14, 2022 Sep 14, 2022

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Thanks, Abambo, for taking the time to give such a detailed reply!

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Sep 14, 2022 Sep 14, 2022

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You're welcome.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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