The Smudge tool

The Smudge tool is more like a spacial paintbrush than a focus effect - here's why

In the focus tool group you'll also find the Smudge tool. Its inclusion in this group is a slightly moot point because it has more in common with the Paintbush, at least in the way it's used. A look at the Smudge tool's options in the Options bar at the top of the Photoshop interface reveals its various properties. There is the usual Brushes Presets drop-down menu, where you can select any of Photoshop's brushes, the Blending mode menu, Strength slider, Multiple Layers option, and the

In Finger Painting mode, the foreground colour is mixed with the original image pixels, while in Normal mode only the image pixels are used

Finger Painting mode, which smears the foreground colour onto the image, using the other pixels.

The Smudge tool's options in detail o In normal mode the Smudge tool smears the pixels along the direction of the brush stroke.The Strength slider is important here. Setting it low causes the smudge effect to fade out as you brush.You can set the strength from 1% to 99%,but setting it to 100% enables a special mode - the first pixels you click on are sampled and smeared indefinitely, for as long as you paint.

O All Layers lets you smudge colours from all layers. However,the results is only applied to the currently active layer,not to all the layers. it only means that the smudge tool samplesfrom all the layers.

□ The smudge tool can take a lot of computation,especially for large brushes. If your computer is grinding to a halt,try reducing the brush size.

□ Making use of the blending modes can be a lot of fun.For example, Lighten mode can create glowing swirls and streaks on an image.

Activate with R

The [R] key activates the uppermost tools in the focus tool group.[Shift]+[R] cycles through the Blur,Sharpen and Smudge tools.

Smudge it

Smudge it

Use the Smudge tool in the same way as you would your finger when working with pencil or charcoal. Smudging a textured brush will smooth it out.

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