Understand different types of edges in painting

Different types of edges in painting

Art edges refer to the area which distinguishes two colors forms, shapes and designs. Typically, people that do not completely realize the value of edges end up getting lost in their artwork.


At first, artists will not be able to realize however, the outlines of the artwork establish a world of significance for the audience. Edges add depth, firmness, toughness and a lot more depth to your art piece.

Factors that affect the edges:


In this blog, we will discuss how the edges of an art impact the element, design or color.


  • Light: A powerful and clear light source creates strong shadows with precise object transition. On the other side, the low light creates soft edges.
  • Ambient/environment: In bright sunlight, you can see clear edges than in a nebulous morning. Dry and gentle air makes it sharper.
  • Movement: Running art always looks blurry. To create a still design, edges in our art need to be sharp.
  • Concentrations: Clear and sharp edges make it easier to understand the different elements in the art. It adds detailing to the artwork.


Let’s understand the different types of edges below:


  • Hard edge

The majority of the lines that create the shapes of strong artworks are visible only if we try to see them. Although the toughest borders are the most apparent, hard edges are the sharp changes used to transit between the two colours or design.


  • Soft edges

Soft edge is an artist’s finest instrument that aims for the illusion of complexity. Its lack of clarity may produce a feeling that there is an element textured and that it is on the other hand. Generally, these are the smooth changes when the design transitions to another colour or element in the art work.


  • Lost edges

Some of the finest places in the artwork are where the viewer wants to see a bottom, but there isn’t one. Blooding arms to the background, disappearing cheek, the edges of hair missing. The curiosity is intensified. This takes numerous attempts to find out when and how to make the best use of them. Imagination and commitment are the payoff.

To complete a missed edge, however, the brain has to engage in the object. That’s how a picture dwells in the mind of an individual. There is only sufficient knowledge to be concentrated on, but it is not daunting.


  • Rims repeat.

They are hard to manage because they attract focus to the pattern, and they can overwhelm the eye when there is a vital part of an aspect like buds or rolls on a shirt. The viewer’s first instinct would be to relax.


You’ll have to come up with a way to make these edges look different. Remove their ability to confuse. You accomplish this by leveraging strong, weak, and blurred edges, regardless of what your guide says you are “right.”


Emami Art is an established art gallery in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. We exhibit a regular series of curated shows featuring the work of emerging talent as well as well-known local, national, and foreign artists.


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