Step-by-step: Keep your balance

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To get the “off balance” look, tilt the hori­zon line. Wide-an­gle lenses also help: they dis­play more back­ground than our eyes nor­mally see. To achieve this, set vanishing points closer to­gether than nor­mal. At least one ver­ti­cal vanishing point will strengthen the wide an­gle ef­fect.


A loosely coloured back­ground draws at­ten­tion to the fig­ures. If you de­cide that the fig­ures are your fo­cal point, then all choices should sup­port that. Two more fig­ures to help fill the scene, and add some nar­ra­tive. The head waiter is calm, which high­lights in­sta­bil­ity in the oth­ers.


I place a Mul­ti­ply layer above the lo­cal colour lay­ers to add some ex­tra form. Once the char­ac­ter lay­ers are flat­tened into a sin­gle layer, you can Trans­form>Warp the char­ac­ters to tweak the ges­tures. Used spar­ingly, it adds ex­tra life into an al­ready well- de­vel­oped pose.

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