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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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MadeleineInk Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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GDM1989 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014   Digital Artist
very useful
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Makosu Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You saved my life!
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Mutsumipat Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014   General Artist
Thank you so much for this advice !! I never thought about this option !! 0_0
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Alekto Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Och i Lobr You for that so much. When I looked at Your works I was wondering how the hell You managed to make Your panting look so paint-like.
Thank You a lot.
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stargazerlily8D Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  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 Digital 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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