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Is the expression take attention away something that sounds okay in English? I'm a Portuguese speaker, so tirar atenção is a normal expression, so I don't know to what extent I'm writing a natural English expression or just letting Portuguese influence my foreign language knowledge. Let me give you an example:

"The pursuit of photorealism often takes attention away from other aspects of game design."

Does this sound natural, or would there be any other way to convey the same meaning?

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    Your use of take attention away sounds perfectly fine to my ear (west coast US). Diverts, as @lbf suggested is also acceptable, though it sounds more formal to me. – Roger Sinasohn Sep 27 '18 at 23:09
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divert TFD idiomatic

divert (someone or something) from (someone or something) To induce someone or something to change course or direct their attention to something else.

Consider:

The pursuit of photo-realism often diverts attention away from other aspects of game design."

The OED list 11 examples of diverting attention, two examples of taking attention.

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    I would also suggest 'distract attention' – Kate Bunting Sep 28 '18 at 12:37

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