Help > Graphics Critique & Questions > Post Reply     

Critique Please !

Default Avatar
sakura
May 2nd, 2020 12:32:43am
4 Posts

So I haven't played in photoshop for close to eight years, finally got back in it today and I am stuck. I have a photo that does not look complete, but I can't figure out where else to go. Also, struggling with manes/tails, but I'm hoping that they'll start looking a bit better with practice...


 


https://i.imgur.com/35i3MbO.jpg


 


Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!




 


View Comments 1


Player Avatar
Lemo | Main | Floof Newfs
May 2nd, 2020 8:40:55am
541 Posts

I think it looks amazing! I would maybe add something to fill some "empty" space? even if it was like a bird or bug or small wildlife animal or something?




img

 

Player Avatar
Lady Rancher 1, Wild n Wicked Wolves
May 2nd, 2020 11:10:33am
1,172 Posts

looks great to me, like Lemo I think I would ad something to the right of the pretty horse, flower, butterfly, dog, etc :)




 

Player Avatar
Scor. {Belmont first? Not feelin' it =/}
May 2nd, 2020 12:18:30pm
181 Posts

if that's your first in a while, you have a really good grasp on graphics. A few things I would comment on, more so than critique .... 

1. because you have the horse off to the side, it is not the central point. The eye is naturally draw to the clearest central image - which in this case is the Bush. You can make the horse the focal point (no matter where you position the horse) by blurring the BG a bit. There are several ways to do that ... play around with it a little (smudge tool/Gaussian blur) and you'll find the style that suits you best. 

2. Shading is also very helpful to makes images seem more realistic/mesh better. Once again there isn't a specific formula to do shading (unfortunately) you just have to play around with it, until you find what works for you. 

3. blurring/smudging a fur pattern on the horse, is also an effect a lot of people like. Again, it's pretty trial and error. It's easy to go way to heavy though. So if your not comfortable w/it natural is good too. 

4. editing the eyes can also make the horse pop. There are lots of guides on horse eyes on DA and multiple sites. 




 

Default Avatar
sakura
May 3rd, 2020 7:47:55pm
4 Posts

Okay, so I have given it another look after staring at it for a good long while... I went through and body smudged (totally horrifying and am super worried its over the top) , added in an eagle which needed to have the beak, eye and feet repainted... hooves have been repainted, shadows added, and played a bit with the god rays.. also blurred out the bush in the back as suggested... Let me know if you guys think this is an improvement and what other things are typically looked for...


 


https://i.imgur.com/HDrhALU.jpg




 

Player Avatar
Scor. {Belmont first? Not feelin' it =/}
May 3rd, 2020 8:37:23pm
181 Posts

I think it looks great. Smudging is kinda tricky. Some people really like it, and some don't. Do it to the point that you like it. The only think I would say, which again is personal preference... is that the white glow is a bit strong.  It is very good at helping define features, but can be a bit to much. 
I love the sun. I have never had good luck with sun rays.




 

Player Avatar
ambur » just sorta here
May 3rd, 2020 8:39:44pm
84 Posts

i love it!!




d5mwd4d-d07f5950-b504-47d9-b56c-f115a07c8054.gif?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOiIsImlzcyI6InVybjphcHA6Iiwib2JqIjpbW3sicGF0aCI6IlwvZlwvYzc1NzgyNjgtNjMzOS00ZmFiLTkwOWMtOWY5ZDFhODliMzZlXC9kNW13ZDRkLWQwN2Y1OTUwLWI1MDQtNDdkOS1iNTZjLWYxMTVhMDdjODA1NC5naWYifV1dLCJhdWQiOlsidXJuOnNlcnZpY2U6ZmlsZS5kb3dubG9hZCJdfQ.b1YSqrNat2KZjcktLkmE1ZppB8XPsvS2WtnQweJTRw8
vulpix from www.deviantart.com/kattling

 

Default Avatar
sakura
May 3rd, 2020 8:47:14pm
4 Posts

Thank you everyone! I did just open it back up and go over those white outlines with a good blur and holy moly theres quite a difference, good amount of pop but not so jarring!




 

Player Avatar
Lemo | Main | Floof Newfs
May 3rd, 2020 9:20:53pm
541 Posts

Looks amazing to me :D




img

 

Player Avatar
amberellie 🐄
May 3rd, 2020 9:28:53pm
369 Posts

I'm not really good at teaching how to do stuff on Photoshop.. but one thing I really like to do, is read tutorials on Deviantart, especially when it comes to painting mane and tails.  I have some days where I struggle alot on perfecting the perfect mane and tail, lots of patience.. if you get frustrated close the program, and come back with a clear mind.  That's always helped me.  I think the image looks awesome!  




 

Player Avatar
a z a l i e--> goin through the texas blizzard 🥶
May 3rd, 2020 10:24:48pm
1,768 Posts

Seems like the horse is too bright....the eagle color matches well 




 

Default Avatar
sakura
May 4th, 2020 12:50:05am
4 Posts

Thank you for all your help guys, I think I was able to pinpoint it and will hopefully get that up in the auctions soon (: You're all wonderful !




 

View Comments 1