I have a few cosplay pet peeves, one of which is the overusage of photoshop in cosplay photography. I understand when it’s used in a creative sense, to fit mood, or to fix problems with the image, but some things that are done leave me wanting to bang my head into a desk.
I love when photographers, and even cosplayers, play with the colors and lighting in images to capture the mood of the series/characters. But I hate when images are over-saturated, or the contrasts are too dark or bright. Or I glow. Really? Why am I glowing?
I have some facial features that cause problems for photographers, such as severe bags under my eyes (working nights killed me) and occasionally over-shiney skin. I love when I get a basic “make-over” in photoshop and those are taken care of. What I hate? When I no longer look human, but like a pore-less doll.
I love when backgrounds are changed or there’s creative additions added to the scene, as long as it fits the image. If it’s painfully obvious of the photoshop, go in and revise. I like creative CG images, but I’m not a fan of being badly pasted onto a background (and I’m even guilty of doing this too).
So please, when doing work in photoshop, ask yourself if it’s really something that you’re proud of and describes you as an artist? Are you good with blemish-fixing, or are you making a doll? Are you capturing the right light and feel to the image that you want, or are you whiting out everything in it? Always think about what is coming across in the image to portray you as the editor of the image.
And for the love of cosplay, don’t make me glow without a darn good reason.