I can't wait until I can actually make something good enough to submit to the real contest!
It's always good enough to submit, that's how you will learn
people will help you here. I'm just past my first month here and just like you sometimes "afraid" to submit.. but you realy should. Don't think you will get laughed at, cause that's not gonna happen. You will get support and help when you need it.
I have seen other PS contest sites and even registered at 2 others but i never go there cause here it feels more comfortable.
Good luck on your chops, sorry i dont know how to help you with that cause i'm still new to the program to
The smurfie chick is correct. Submit your stuff and you'll get lots of feedback on how to make it better. The biggest thing you need to develop is a thick skin. Take criticism for what it's worth and learn for the next chop. I'm impressed that you used the tomato in so many different ways in your piece.
This is from the tomato contest. Here are two (of many) problems, I'm not sure how to fix.
1) The flower the dalai lama is holding (made from the tomatoes)--how can I fix the color to more closely match the rest of the statue? I could make it gold by adjusting the levels, but it still looked fake. After trying some color blending, I gave up and just gave it a glow so it would look, I don't know, holy... I'd rather it look like a part of the statue, but don't know how to give it that same look.
Did you try also adjusting the the hue/saturation as well as brightness and contrast? Mightybeet did a great conversion of a gold statue
and gave me some good pointers a while back after I PM'd him. Similar techniques might help you too?
2) the red flower in the foreground. I liked the flower, again made from the tomato, but it just looks fake and photoshopped in. I tried a gaussian blur at different levels between .1 and 2, but it either looked too blurry or too vivid for its position in the photograph. Any hints?
Again look at the brightness/contrast and saturation levels. I'm quickly learning that it sometimes takes many different steps to achieve a look you want.
I know I could search more tutorials on google, but I'm just not sure what I need a tutorial in!
Ain't that the truth for most of us!
I'm constantly running into that problem. Basically I've resigned myself to doing whatever tutorials look like fun. Most of the time I pick something up that applies later on down the road.