Successful images give the illusion of three dimensional space on a flat monitor.  Creating this illusion of depth involves a variety of techniques, which gives beginners many ways to mess up.   Though not a comprehensive list, common methods involve overlapping shapes, atmospheric perspective, and the scale of surface details.  This video explores some easy ways to enhance the illusion of depth.

As a final note, all of these techniques are improved with linear perspective.  If you don’t feel very comfortable with those skills, I’d encourage you to check out the basics.

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AuthorMatt Kohr