If you emphasize everything, then you have emphasized nothing!
Create a focal point!
Where do you want your viewer to look 1st, 2nd, and 3rd? Consciously decide where you want the viewer to look and how you will make them look at the elements in that order.
Create a visual path and you create motion. Motion or Movement is a principle of ART!
Emphasis is also a principle of art.
If you emphasize something you make it a focal point.
When you establish a focal point, you have started to create a visual path.
If you arranged your art elements to control the order in which the viewer looks at your elements, then you have created movement.
You have a visual hierarchy!
Here is a list of possible ways to make something a focal point:
Make it brightest
Make it a different color
Make it go in a different direction
Make it a different value
Position it differently
Arrange all the elements to lead to it
Make it glossy and the other elements dull
Make it clear and the other elements hazy
Make it a different shape than the other elements
Make it an opaque color and other colors transparent
Give it a texture or a different texture than the other elements
Make it in color if everything else is in black and white or vice versa
Principle of ART : Emphasis & (consequently Movement)
Principle of DESIGN: