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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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:iconmysieblondie:
This helped me a lot, thank you :)
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CielaRose 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 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 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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:iconhanroe:
Cool, I didn't know about this. Thanks!
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VisualJamie Dec 15, 2013   General Artist
Thank you for sharing this great advice. 
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:iconjonra22:
you r a wise wizard, thank you.
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MisterSev7n 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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PiuPiuLittleBird Dec 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're now officially my hero. Thank you so much for that tip. :heart:
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Tohad Dec 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent advice, thank you very much !
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