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Sharpen Your Strokes! by Wildweasel339 Sharpen Your Strokes! by Wildweasel339
This is a very simple guide, perhaps of common knowledge. However I think it is a crucial step, often forgotten, in finishing a digital painting.

The main goal is to create an illusion of texture, and to get rid of the overly-smooth digital look.
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stargazerlily8D Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I think sharpening strokes is a good idea, but it also depends on what technique you use as well. When it comes to the example you used, I love softer edges since it looks like a study/speed painting. When it looks like that to me I do not expect crisp clean lines :giggle: However, if it's an actual painting depending on how much time and effort I believe you can create sharp pictures without using sharpen, but it is still an awesome tool to use :happybounce: 
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leia-cecile Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
..This actually just saved my life right now.
Much of love for you !
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mysieblondie Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
This helped me a lot, thank you :)
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CielaRose Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just discovered this!   
Never thought of sharpening.  I generally tend to leave things blurred because I thought it gave the illusion of life rather than brushstrokes (forgetting, I just realized, that "life" is very textured.  XD)

Definitely keeping this in mind!   Thanks for posting!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It does require a careful balance. It's definitely good to have some soft and lost edges in the mix. They can go along way towards creating a sense of atmosphere (which really helps that life-like illusion). Mainly reserve the sharp edges for focal points and important details.  

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CielaRose Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right, creating a contrast, like you had said earlier, I'm guessing.   Contrast should be my new best friend.   So it's essentially not something you do to the whole picture but just on the focal points.
Gotcha.

This is a huge help, I'm learning a lot by following you.  XD   Thanks!
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hanroe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Cool, I didn't know about this. Thanks!
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VisualJamie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013   General Artist
Thank you for sharing this great advice. 
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jonra22 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
you r a wise wizard, thank you.
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MisterSev7n Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tip! Thanks!
but could you tell me please which brush did you used here? )
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