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The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad by Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

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11. Defining the Focal Point

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These projects demonstrate the thought process behind the composition design of two paintings that have strong focal points. You’ll begin the projects using your own reference sketches. In the first project, you’ll use Painter to create a piece that has a cool, luminous color palette and a composition with dynamic diagonals and contrast that enhance the focal point. A sidebar with suggestions for creating oil painting looks in Photoshop follows. The second project features a warmer color palette and mixed media. The center of interest is enhanced by the composition’s color, contrast, and dramatic brushwork. ...

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