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SYAC - Paper Filter by TomPreston SYAC - Paper Filter by TomPreston
Copyright 2012 Andrew Dobson
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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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