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BALANCE

DEFINITION

the distribution of the visual weight of elements and objects such as colors, texture, and space to create stability and equilibrium.

  • SYMMETRICAL (or FORMAL) BALANCE is when in the elements used on one side of the design are similar to those on the other side like a mirror image.
  • ASYMMETRICAL (or INFORMAL) BALANCE is when the sides in a design are not even but still look balanced by means of value, color, or proportion etc.
  • RADIAL BALANCE occurs when the elements in a design are arranged around a central point and may be similar.
  • The opposite of stability and equilibrium is visual tension created when there is a lack of balance in a design or work of art.

EXTENDED DEFINITION

 

STUDY GUIDE & EXAMPLES

 

In symmetrical balance or formal balance, the elements used on one side of the design are similar to those on the other side; 

 

in asymmetrical balance or informal balance, the sides are different but still look balanced.

In radial balance, the elements are arranged around a central point and may be similar.

 

 

Principles of Art - Balance

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This video explains how photographers use balance as a composition principal:

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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