8 Ap­ply sub­tle blur

ImagineFX - - Artist Insight | Kick-start Manga -

I’m not a fan of an im­age that’s per­fectly de­fined. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, if some­thing is in fo­cus, then ev­ery­thing else should be slightly blurred. I like ap­ply­ing the pho­to­graphic ef­fect of blur in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of a com­po­si­tion, be­cause it helps the viewer to quickly home in on the fo­cal point, and then en­ables them to dis­cover the rest of the im­age. When I’ve al­most fin­ished an il­lus­tra­tion, I take the Blur tool and go over cer­tain ar­eas us­ing Gaus­sian Blur with a Ra­dius no greater than 3.0 and a fade of 20 per cent. This leaves a more steamy feel­ing in the air.

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