8 us­ing the 'Ar­rows' Tech­nique

How to guide the eye within a com­po­si­tion, mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant choices and es­tab­lish­ing a hi­er­ar­chy of shapes

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A Use mean­ing­ful shapes

Make sure when set­ting up your com­po­si­tion to place mean­ing­ful shapes. Think of light­ing as re­veal­ing ar­eas in your can­vas where you want peo­ple to fo­cus. Gen­er­ally at this point it’s good to think in the ab­stract. In­stead of think­ing of the ac­tual ob­ject (say, a per­son), think of it as a shape, and try to cre­ate con­trast in form where you want peo­ple to look.

B Adding ar­rows

Dur­ing the first re­fine­ment stage I start adding the ar­rows we dis­cussed ear­lier. Here, the con­cen­tric rings around the en­trance func­tion as a cir­cu­lar ar­row, sup­ported by the back­ground rings in the land­scape. I add more fig­ures that are cen­tered around my fo­cal point, all look­ing to­wards where the ac­tion is tak­ing place. I try to re­in­force mul­ti­ple fo­cal points.

C Sim­plify and re­fine

The last step is just re­in­forc­ing the state­ments from our ear­lier com­po­si­tion. The great part about set­ting up your com­po­si­tion be­fore­hand is that it acts as a guide to the rest of your im­age. The goal is to solve as many prob­lems as you can early on, so when you come to your re­fine­ment passes, you're sim­pli­fy­ing and ren­der­ing rather than chang­ing your can­vas.

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