When is it too much Photoshop?

Forgive me if this is the wrong place to post this question. I am relatively new to DT as a contributor, although I have used over 80 images from DT as a customer.

Although the images I have presented were never taken to sell as stock photographs, I thought I would start with a few that I had saved in my computer and see where that led me.

After uploading several, I find that I am more baffled as to which photos to upload, and how much to "enhance" before I send to DT. I have figured out that although I love corel and the painting effects it can create with the photos, this is probably not a good idea for DT. I was a bit confused about this as the first few images I submitted were altered in this fashion and were accepted, recent photos have been rejected. Unfortunately, since I have such a large supply of photographs, I submitted a number thinking they might be acceptable. Now my acceptance rating is in the toilet, and I certainly don't want to waste the administrator's time nor do I want a bad rep. (Not to mention that keywording is a tough skill to learn).

I have a few images from a couple of years ago that we took of Santa. The enhancements to the portraits in my opinion make them charming. However, I'm not sure if I should submit them enchanced or would the administrators rather see them as raw images and allow the designers to alter them.

Unfortunately, I can't find a way to show them in this blog without subjecting them to rejection.

Any insight you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


P.s. I changed my photo to one of the enhanced images.

Photo credits: Leigh_1.

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April 10, 2008


I would say subtle is the key when using photoshop filters and/or effects. As a general rule, the best stock is that which is open-ended and that the end-designer can use for a variety of purposes. I think if you filter things and it's obviously a filter, that's going to be a turn off. You're also limiting what the designer can do with the image -- what if they wanted to use a different filter on that photo? They can't, because the original isn't there, just the filtered version.

I'm just speaking in theory, of course, not specifically about your images.. but I think that's why filters are frowned upon, as a general rule. The best stock photo is one that's usable in a variety of situations and in a variety of ways.

Having said all that... certainly people us photoshop editing to punch up the colors and things like that.. but again, subtle is the key.

January 28, 2008


Yes. I have a model release. It is not the one used by dt, but I researched all the items on our one in-house and dt's and it seems to cover all the same criteria.

January 28, 2008


Well, the one you've used in your avatar looks great to me, although it's hard to tell the extent of the retouching from the small-ish image on your profile page... and I am not a reviewer! I would say that it looks like the retouching of Santa is in keeping with the feel of the image, which I think helps in this case. I would try submitting one of the series and see. (You have a model release I take it?!)

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