Working with the Smudge tool

Here's how to use the Smudge tool to create some amazingly eye-catching effects

Smudge control

The Smudge tool's dynamic settings can be set up to respond to a graphics pen's pressure and/or tilt for extra response and feedback.

New layer

The Smudge tool has a Use All Layers option. You can use this to smudge pixels on all visible layers. It's best to do this on a new clean layer so you can undo the effect easily if necessary.

E Using the Smudge tool is pretty intuitive. Set to a very high strength, 90% here,the tool continually samples colours from the image you are smudging,dragging the colours with it as it goes.

EThe Strength slider controls the length of the smudge effect.A low Strength setting smudges only slightly, but it will continue for as long as you keep the mouse button pressed.

B3 | What can be useful is editing the current brush to enable the Fade setting. Clicking on the button at the far right of the Options bar opens the Brushes palette. In the Shape Dynamics section the Size control can be set to Fade and a value for the distance in pixels entered.This creates a tapering smudge,useful for creating wisps and curls.

Setting the Fade control on the Other Dynamics section to alter the Strength property creates a brush that gently fades the strength,so that it's 100% to begin with and 1% at the end.The Fade value represents the distance over which the effect is faded.

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