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Library: Creative Design

 

Create a photographic look by using selective focus in your vector art

Added on Monday 15th of February 2010 04:19 am EST

 

With Illustrator’s Effect menu, you aren’t restricted to just sharp, crisp vector graphics. You can add effects that give your illustrations a more photographic appearance by mimicking a camera technique known as selective focus. Basically, in photography you don’t want everything in your image to be perfectly sharp because you want the viewer to pay attention to the subject and not be distracted by elements in the background. This same idea can be adapted for illustrations to focus more attention on the subject.


Stand out from the crowd
You can add selective focus to your illustrations by using the Effect menu’s Gaussian Blur effect. When you compare the two images in FIGURE A, you can see how selective focus keeps your attention on the main flower even though it’s surrounded by almost identical objects. Blurring not only adds a sense of depth and realism to your images, but it can also help draw attention to specific details in your subject. You’ll find this technique works best on g...