Hi and sorry for yet another question!
I had an image rejected for 'unacceptable background'. I couldn't understand as the background seemed fine to me (and with the advice previously given to me in the forums, thought I had managed to do a good job extracting the image!).
On a hunch I played around with the contrast and brightness on my monitor. When I had the screen set to very dark, I could see what the reviewer was talking about - poor touching up on the background. I fixed the image, resubmitted and it was accepted.
Is this likely to be my monitor or software? Are there contrast settings that can be changed in Elements?
Adobe used to distribute software with their products that you could use to help adjust your monitor on Windows. This is no longer available but I located this software that may help.
Here is an overview on adjusting your monitor settings.
I am specifically NOT calling this "calibrating your monitor" as this really requires special hardware and software to do this correctly. You can get much closer by following the steps outlined in this link but it is not "calibrated".
The Nokia Monitor Test is the best one I know of that doesn't require hardware. Just Google it and there are lots of legitimate places to get it.
Here are a few links to look at too: