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This handy, lightweight tool is a must for every painter's utility kit. It helps artists determine composition, crop images, and identify color values. The ViewCatcher is constructed of neutral gray #5 durable plastic and has a small sight opening, to aid in viewing "true" color.
Adjust the window opening to help find the perfect composition, oriented horizontally, vertically, or in a square format. Five calibrations aid in finding that perfect proportion:
ViewCatcher is a trademark.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Simple and effective
from Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Comments about Create-A-Color Wheel ViewCatcher:
I use this most when painting from life - either plien air landscapes or from a model or still life. I love that the different support dimensions are marked so you can match the proportions to those of your canvas. Very inexpensive but simple and very helpful. AND takes up so little room I can easily toss it into my small plien air pochade box. There are other view finders with cross hairs, grids, etc but they usually take up more space and for me, this is all I need 90% of the time. If I ever need more than that, I use an app on my iPhone.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great little view finder. Very handy to have
from Savannah, GA
Good for visualizing propotions
Handy Composition Help
My landscape instructor recommended this light-weight tool for on-site drawings to help select a portion of the landscape to draw. He was right that the plethora of choice can be overwhelming. This portable tool made it easier to focus on composition.
Plein Air Painting Essential!
By Tree Painter
from Eagle Point, Oregon
As a Plein Air Painter, I use a view catcher every time I work outdoors. This tool makes it easier to get a good composition. The view catcher can be adjusted to whatever size canvas or paper I am using. It can also be helpful in the studio when looking at a photograph before cropping and also used for sizing a thumbnail sketch. It also helps judge value. Clear instructions explain everything. I never go anywhere without my view finder. In fact I have two, one for the glove box in the car and one in my painting bag!
Catch Your View
By Nan the artist
from Columbus, OH
I've used this view catcher for several years. It is marked with indications for several standard painting sizes and has other helpful details. I recently ordered several to use as raffle gifts for a plein air painting retreat I organize.
from Coarsegold, CA
The viewcatcher is great for finding just the right composition when painting from life or en plein air. I've even placed it over my phone to get the right ratio when I was sketching from my phone photo.The isolator is perfect for finding color and evaluating values.What a great gift this would make for all my artist friends!
Great teaching tool
By Academy Instructor
I find this to be a terrific little tool here at the Academy that I teach at. Students can use it for composition and design in their still life and outdoors when plein air painiitng.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Just buy it!
from Madison, WI
This is a brilliantly simple tool that can help your painting and drawing immensely. I have previously used funky home-made viewfinders because I thought it wasn't necessary to pay for one, but that was dumb. For a few dollars, this will repay you many times over. It is portable, well-designed and it works! If you are new to art, and are struggling with the concepts of design and composition, you will find this very helpful. Regular use of a viewfinder will definitely accelerate your learning curve. If you are experienced and want the most convenient and compact viewfinder, try this. Highly recommended for all artists!!!
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Handy, compact, useful!
from paso robles, ca
Used it the other day,on plein air site.Worked great. Unfortunately for me, lately I've been using 10x14 watercolor paper-no such frame or viewer. But was able to measure (one-time only) where to set it and now, it's great.
good comes in small packages
IT' A GOOD COMPOSITION TOOL BUT EXCELLENT AS A VALUE FINDER.
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