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Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 by Scott Valentine, Dan Moughamian

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Composition and Selective Focus

Once you have defined the perspective you want to use, you can guide the viewer’s eyes to a particular area in your scene by using various camera techniques. The most common methods for guiding the viewer are to use compositional balance (also known as the rule of thirds) and depth of field (which is controlled by your camera’s aperture setting) to help the eye move across the scene and find the focus transitions.

Compositional Balance

The rule of thirds is a widely discussed and popular method for breaking your image down (mentally) into nine equal-sized regions (in other words, three rows and three columns). Chances are good that you are already familiar with the concept, and you can find plenty of books and ...

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