The Three Types of Perspective

The three types of perspective—linear, color, and atmospheric—can be used alone or in combination to establish depth in a picture. Linear perspective requires the most study. The other two are easily learned, and can add enormous depth to any picture, so let’s start with them.

Atmospheric Perspective

Atmospheric perspective, also known as value perspective, is based on the variation of dark and light values from the foreground to the background. The darkest and brightest values are almost always closest to the viewer. As objects move away from you toward the horizon, the difference between dark and light values decreases. Objects farthest away from you have the least detail and are often just silhouettes.

Why does ...

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