It is unclear to me why Adobe didnt accept my photo. I did apply post-processing like they said to improve the background but didn't realise it was "excessive" and am still unsure if this is true. Any tips on how I can fix this in Pixelmator Pro or is this unfixable unless I reshoot. The mandarin itself isn't edited, I just simply peeled of most of the skin.
What was the rejection message in full, please?
Thanks for giving us the chance to consider your image. Unfortunately, during our review we found that it features excessive post-processing and/or noise, so we can't accept it into our collection.
Excessive artifacts/noise can be caused by low light, bad camera settings, strong compression or excessive post-production.
If it was due to post production effects, know that our customers typically prefer to add their own special effects, filters or black-and-white conversions to fit the needs of their projects, so adding these effects in advance drastically reduces the market for your image.
To learn more about the type of content we're looking for, please visit this page: https://www.adobe.com/go/stock-contributor-help
You might also find the Academy Board Forum to be a helpful resource. You're welcome to post your image there for constructive feedback from a group of your peers. Here's the link: https://community.adobe.com/t5/stock-contributors/bd-p/Stock-Contributors
There is some aberation along the fruit. Take a look at the photo below. I alos think the background has some color noise and is a little spotted. A solid color would work better. At this magnification, I dont believe it is entirely in focus.
So are you saying I should reduce the white outline and make the background grayscale? What do you mean by colour noise? Any ways I could fix it being out of focus? Is there any software that would artificially fix this?
Adobe Lightroom can add some contrast on the boarders with the details slider. To clean up the background you need to brush over it with 0 clarity and 100% noise reduction. Better is to replace the background with a solid color layer in photoshop.
IMO, it's underexposed. There's too little light on the subject which leads to noise, grain and other undesired artifacts.
Put yourself in the customer's shoes. Would you buy this image over others that are already represented in Adobe Stock's database? Compare your work with other contributors' work.
An example of artifacts:
And it's not to do with the texture of the orange.
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Hi @Levi5CCA ,
There is a bit of concern about the soft edge as shown below. That cannot be corrected in post processing.
The red cast, however, can be corrected using the temperature and/or tint slider in camera raw.
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