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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
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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.


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iFirework Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! by any chance do you do commissions?
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MadiMika Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello there! I love your art! I was wondering if you took requests?
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MarshmalloPDQ Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018  New Deviant
Well, it's really amazing to see such an amazing gallery without complimenting its owner; and many thanks for the Tips, too :)
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OsirisEG Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018   Photographer
I haven't logged on this site for 11 years. However, I decided to log on it once more, to compliment your art. It's beautiful --and someday I'd like to have a character commissioned by you.
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PickyPepper Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your artwork is amazing! I'm really inspired by you! :D 
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PinPinax Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm impressed by your art and appreciate the "PRO TIPS FOR DIGITAL ARTS" you shared. Kudos and thank you!
Daisy thank you 
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's not much, but I hope you find the tips helpful. I have dozens more but find that those are the top most utilized in everyday work.

That horizontal flip is a game changing one, it can be jarring at first though, seeing your art in a completely new perspective. But that beats waiting for days (even weeks) to spot errors with fresher set of eyes - I believe when you stare at a painting too long you become immune to any improvements perhaps? Hope that makes sense.
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PinPinax Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, it's completely true, same as giving yourself a small break between "finishing the piece" and actually submitting it's final version.
Maybe the vision, just like the smell, adjusts to what the senses register (never heard of this, but who knows). I use the flipping canvas already, although I was too lazy yet to save a key shortcut - I'll definitely do it after reading your tips ;) Have a great day! 
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