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PRO TIPS FOR DIGITAL ARTS

These are few but essential tips that will help you at improving in your digital craft, be it Painting, Airbrushing, Digital Design or Photomanipulation:


IS YOUR ART COMPLETED?

:bulletblue: When you think you are done and ready to submit, you are actually not quite so. This means it's advisable to take few hours of rest before submitting in dA or call it completed, the next time you view your art with fresher sets of eyes you'll certainly see the work in a new light, from there you can spot areas for improvements; be it color correction, contrast value, touch ups and more painting.

Why is this happening?
When you view your artwork through extended period of time your eyes gets 'immune' at spotting errors; even the quickest of break from staring at the monitor allows the eyes to reset. The human eyes are great at adapting, it's natural that it accepts errors hence bypass them when exposed to it long enough. The longer you are away from the work the better.



HORIZONTAL FLIP CANVAS

:bulletblue: Frequently view your WIP in 'mirror view' with Horizontal Flip. This technique will reveal errors and mistakes that you can never spot in default view.
This technique has been used since the Renaissance period where painters view their artworks in the mirror while progressing at painting.

To do this in Photoshop: Image > Image Rotation > Flip Canvas Horizontal
It's advice that you create a 'one button' shortcut key for ease of use, I suggest using a key from F1 to F4 as it's the closest to the left hand since you'll be using this a lot

I've implemented this technique to the point I paint my artwork in both views equally. This constantly allow me to fix errors and see things in fresher view.

Out of all the digital arts 'secrets', this is one of the biggest game changer being that all spectrum of skill levels from Beginners to Pros will surely benefit from it. It's one of those things that doesn't sound prominent but greatly affect the outcome of your artwork when embraced.

Additionally, you have the advantage to work in reverse canvas when you flip it horizontally; this is useful when working with diagonal strokes that are usually difficult to draw (right handed) from bottom right to top left. When flipped it's feels natural to draw when it's from top right to bottom left.




THUMBNAIL VIEW MAGIC

:bulletblue: View your art in Thumbnail view every now and then while progressing during the work. This view will help you at summing up the general composition of the artwork as you progress; and most importantly, this is how your art is seen most of the time in dA or anywhere in the internet, so if you have an eye catching thumbnail, you'll invite more viewers to click on it.

In Photoshop, it reaps soo much benefit to have the Navigator Window enabled; this way you can work while assessing the composition, light and value without details distracting the judgment.




COMPLEMENT YOUR COLORS

:bulletblue: COMPLEMENTARY COLORS. Visit this helpful site for your color scheme guidance:

colorschemedesigner.com/

This will help you in making your colour choice in your art more harmonious.



USE THE COLOR BALANCE TOOL

:bulletblue: If you want to alter the colors of your painting then Color Balance is a fast and easy way to slightly or completely change the tones of your image. You can warm it up by upping the reds, or make it cooler with blues. Make a duplicate of your entire image and alter the Colour Balance as you see fit..



ALWAYS SAVE NEW FILES & BACK UP LAYERS

:bulletblue: Always save, that's the golden rule. It's so frustrating to lose something you're really happy with, and even more so to have someone tell you, "you should have saved!" The thing to do is to save as a new file intermittently. Try to develop a numbering system that makes sense and is easy to remember.

It can be useful to keep the layers in case of emergency. If you really need to flatten the whole painting or merge most of the layers, then make a backup copy of the .psd file with the layers intact. It might save you a lot of time down the road later on especially when you have to make major changes

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Eddy-Shinjuku
エディ シンジュク
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Malaysia
Self-taught contemporary fanartist [Video Games and Semi-Realism Manga]

Always in pursuit at blending styles that bridge the worlds between Western and Eastern.
This philosophy sets on a course of it's own which encourages true freedom to exhibit a wide spectrum of styles; ranging from semi-realistic manga art, environment concept art, to video games promo art.



Artist Status:
:bulletgreen: Freelancing.
- Personal Commission.
- Commercial: On 'work-for-hire' basis, meaning involving commercially but without legal ties.

Contact:
:bulletgreen: Drop a Note here or reach me at shinjuku.district@gmail.com for personal commission and commercial freelance service.

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:iconsuhaylaomer:
SuhaylaOmer Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the tips!! love your artworks!
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
Thanks for the llama, here's one back. :)
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Rachel---Noel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing art!!! Love your gallery.
Keep up the awesome work.
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ThamuzMartu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy B-day! :D 
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Queen-Arisen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Happy birthday!
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TheVocaloid1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Happy Birthday :)
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Woaddragon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist
Happy B-day
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Tymestalker Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Happy Birthday
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DrewDiddy1996 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Wishing you a happy birthday my friend Eddy! Hope it was a good one!
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dhmanga186 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Happy Birthday!
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