Negative Space

Negative space is the space around the picture that is being shown. In this photo the negative space would be the pink on the left and the green on the right.

When cutting out my picture I just identified the negative space as the dark space. Technically the background of the bird.

Negative space helps the artist see the boundaries of the positive space. It was clever and creative because it lets the viewers see the object in an image.

Negative space enhances the image because the object stands out more. When the positive space is lighter than the negative space or vice versa, it is obvious to see what the object is.