Sharpen or blur with the Blur tool

The Blur tool can be a quick way to edit a too-sharp edge by blurring a portion of your photo, in much the same way you'd use the Sharpen tool to add crispness. If you are editing a portrait and want to get a blurred effect, you can make an overall adjustment to the photo using the Gaussian Blur filter — but then use the Sharpen tool selectively to sharpen hair and eyes. Figure 11-11 shows the Blur tool's flyout menu.

Figure 11-11: The Blur, Sharpen, and Smudge tools.

The Smudge tool warps and pushes pixels in the direction you are dragging the tool, giving you a morphing or smudge effect. Like the Liquefy filter, the Smudge tool enables you to hide flaws or achieve some really cool special effects.

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