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SYAC - Paper Filter by TomPreston SYAC - Paper Filter by TomPreston
Copyright 2012 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest ďSo, Youíre A CartoonistĒ at the following [link]

Iíve noticed this creeping up a lot lately. Itís an effect where you take a paper texture and overlay it on top of your drawings. It used to be used only for digital sketches and doodles to make them look more ďreal,Ē but itís started being used on everything lately. Iíve even noticed it impacting my own work as well.

Anyway, like all photoshop tricks Itís best to use them in moderation. Iíve applied it much more prominently in the final panel here for contrast, but itís often a very subtle effect. While Iíve used it in the past, I havenít made it a conscious decision to apply it to all my future work. I actually rather like the bright colorful clean line feeling that the paper trick seems to be designed to cover up.

And, as usual, it should be pointed out that this isnít a negative effect, nor am I saying that artists shouldnít use it. Iím merely bringing it up as an artistic ďoddityĒ and Iíll leave it at that.

What do you think? Do you like the filter effect it has? Have you noticed this effect being used more recently? Do you think itís a cheap trick, or an artistic aesthetic choice?
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d3skinner Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

You're like Steve wearing glasses... Do you actually look like this, Tom?

That's awesome.

WhispersBetteNoir Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
It makes me think of all these artists who put textures over there works. And of the artists who do nothing BUT textures. I think it's kind of lazy.
devPeter Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is artistic :|
milovanf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hhahahah! Awesome. Now that's was really funny!
firecat1991 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I rather it not be in place actually. I like the cool and crisp cut lines in a digital sketch.
FoxboyPrower Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
It makes them look like they are in a dusty basement. If you ever need a dusty basement, I suppose you can use this filter for that.
Meu-of-M Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Yeah, I myself use texture overlays for some drawing to give it a certain feel to it, but i don't think it should be used in a sloppy fashion or in a peice where it would seem out of place. otherwise, If it fits the peice and is used in a tasteful manner, i probably wouldn't notice or mind it being used everywhere.
DaSheepdog87 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I like your style with its crispness... It just feels like you and change scares people lol especially the trolls
xNek0x Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Something dosnt have a space in it
Big-The-ED Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Wise man once say, subtlety and balance are key
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