How To Avoid Rejection in Photos: Quality Standards

By Freepik 2 months ago

If your photos were rejected with the “Quality standards” rejection reason, this information will interest you!

This is one of the most questioned reasons among Freepik contributors. So in this post, we’ll give you the answers on how you can prevent your photos from being rejected due to quality standards.

What is “Quality standards”?

This rejection reason is mainly related to quality standards. At Freepik, we aim for professional content of the best quality.  Thus, if your photos in some way have poor quality, they will be rejected.

A photo that doesn’t meet the aesthetic and technical standards may present technical issues, such as framing, composition, focus, noise, levels, and so on. Also, a photo may be considered as having poor quality standards when it’s been taken with the wrong equipment, such as the phone camera.

Knowing that, let’s break down some of the most common mistakes when it comes to aesthetic and technical standards!

composition issues

Common Mistakes That Affect Quality
Wrong equipment

We don’t accept photos taken with a phone camera or a low-cost reflex camera. 

Most of these pictures have poor quality. Perhaps they look nice on your phone or tablet, but, when seen on a computer display, the quality is low: they present focus issues, overexposed areas, and a huge etcetera.

Freepik offers professional content, and we want professional photographers after each photography. This is what differs us from the rest and will differentiate you from others.

wrong equipment reason for rejection

Our pro tip: We know that making money from stock is tempting; however, if you just begin taking photos, we recommend you take it slowly. Learn first, upload later. This is the only way you can make the most of stock photography.

Unwanted dust on the camera sensor

On many occasions, contributors send us images with dark spots. It’s because your camera sensor has dusk particles on it (it commonly happens when shooting the sky using a closed diaphragm). Here’s how you can prevent dust on your submissions:

→ Clean the sensor

It’s essential to clean the sensor from time to time. Most cameras include a feature to clean the sensor automatically. Alternatively, you can do it manually, but in this case, you need to be extremely careful and use only specific tools for sensor cleaning.

→ Use the Clone Stamp to retouch your photo

Another option to delete dust spots is to use Photoshop’s Clone Stamp tool during the editing process.

The area you clone must be similar to the cloned one. Regarding the Clone Stamp settings, make sure the brush’s edges are soft, so it blends perfectly with the background.

dust in sensor

Unclean settings

When shooting still lifes and backgrounds, presenting clean and neat settings is a must. How can you prevent your photo from coming out unclean?

Before taking the photo, make sure you clean the object or the surface, especially when it comes to food still lifes photography.

Then, after taking the picture, check there aren’t unwanted hairs, rests of food, fluff, stains, etc. Use the Zoom Tool to carefully scan the scene and the Clone Stamp or the Patch tool to repair the area.

unclean surface photo

Portraits

In the case of fashion photoshoots, or portraits, the person’s and clothes’ aspect is crucial, and failing to present a neat portrait may lead to rejection.

We’ll reject your photos when people present weird facial expressions, closed eyes, poorly done make-up, lipstick stains on teeth, or dirty fingernails.

Flaws in clothes is also a reason for rejection, such as stains or wrinkles.

unwanted wrinkles on clothes

Chromatic aberration or color fringing

It’s possible that colors on the edges of your photos get distorted. It usually happens when working with white or light backgrounds. It may sometimes be unnoticeable, but you need to be careful as we can reject your content due to chromatic aberration.

→How to easily fix chromatic aberration

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and select the colors according to the color fringing. It will depend, but color distortion presents typically purple or blue fringing.

After that, reduce Saturation to 0. These settings will turn the bluish or purplish fringing into greyer tones.

If the changes affect the object or the model, then you’ll have to use a layer mask and a brush to recover the original hues.

chromatic aberration

Apart from these, there are other aspects you need to bear in mind to prevent rejection: reflections on glasses, unwanted elements on the scene like wires, tripod’s legs, or plugs.

Remember to put into practice these tips to prevent your files from being rejected. Besides, by improving the quality of your images, you’ll get more compelling photos!

You may also be interested:

How to Prevent Rejection (I): Similar Submissions

How to Prevent Rejection (II): Composition

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Reply to Diogenes

Diogenes
Diogenes

2 years ago

How would that be for vectors? Could you tell us some tips? To understand the standards required by Freepik.

Victoria Martinez
Victoria Martinez

2 years ago

Hello! Thank you for your feedback. We'll be having one about vectors pretty soon. Stay tuned!

Reply to mlrb

mlrb
mlrb

2 years ago

"We’ll reject your photos when people present weird facial expressions, closed eyes, poorly done make-up, lipstick stains on teeth, or dirty fingernails.

Flaws in clothes is also a reason for rejection, such as stains or wrinkles."

And then you people wonder why nobody likes stock photos.

Reply to eduardo

eduardo
eduardo

2 years ago

algo sobre vectores?

Tanya Muravyeva
Tanya Muravyeva

1 year ago

Hola :) Si, hemos publicado un post sobre vectores: https://www.freepik.com/blog/es/motivo-rechazo-vectores-estandares-insuficientes/ y PSD: https://www.freepik.com/blog/es/motivos-rechazo-psd-estandares-insuficientes/ :)

Reply to celiacmtnz

celiacmtnz
celiacmtnz

2 years ago

I would much appreciate too about the guiding for vectors! Impatiently waiting :)

Amelia Rubio
Amelia Rubio

1 year ago

Stop waiting, it's here!: https://www.freepik.com/blog/rejection-reason-vectors-quality-standards/ :)

Reply to igornova

igornova
igornova

2 years ago

May I get a bit detailed explanation on my rejection? It's not clear to me what is wrong with my works. They are not photographs but rendered images and there couldn't be any technical issues. I found many images on freepik that are not better than mine in terms of aesthetics. And t's strange that all 20 files have the same rejection reason "Aesthetic and technical standard not fulfilled" it looks like automated batch response. I would appreciate any aditional comments on my rejection. Thank you.

Amelia Rubio
Amelia Rubio

2 years ago

Hello! I'm afraid that we can't help you. Why don't you contact our support team at support@freepik.com? They will be happy to give you an answer:)

Amelia Rubio
Amelia Rubio

1 year ago

Hello! Sorry for this late reply, but our team has been reviewing your case. It seems there have been some technical issues and your content has been rejected by mistake.
What you can do next is to upload again your 20 resources so the team can approve them. If you need further information, please contact our support team at support@freepik.com, and they will tell you what to do.
Sorry for any inconvenience and hope the problem is solved soon :)

Reply to Monika

Monika
Monika

1 year ago

Hi, My most of the files are Rejected for this reason, even i show the quality of other work which are not better than mine still why this rejection "Aesthetic and technical standard not fulfilled" we did lAesthetic and technical standard not fulfilled we did loch much efforts to make one design, and freepik rejected all my Designs, i have uploaded 10 Resorces and all are rejected and the reason is "Aesthetic and technical standard not fulfilled"
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Amelia Rubio
Amelia Rubio

1 year ago

Hello! I'm sorry to read that. We're here to help and give you tips, but we can't know exactly why your content was rejected. Have you checked our rejection reasons guidelines? Here's the link: https://support.freepik.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002988453-Reasons-for-rejection-Photos. There you'll find useful information about all the reasons for rejection. If you still have doubts, you can contact our support team at support@freepik.com and they'll get back to you as soon as they can.

Kind regards :)