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Lesson 4. Painting and Editing > Smoothing the edges of a paintbrush stroke

Smoothing the edges of a paintbrush stroke

Now you'll learn how to use the smudge tool to soften the edges of your paint strokes. The smudge tool simulates the actions of dragging a finger through wet paint. The tool picks up color where the stroke begins and pushes it in the direction you drag.

1.
In the Layers palette, make sure the Flower layer is selected. (It was selected in the snapshot state you created.)

2.
Select the paintbrush tool ( ).

3.
In the tool options bar, click the Brush Dynamics button ( ) and choose Off from the Opacity menu.

4.
Paint a few strokes on the flower petals.

5.
Select the smudge tool ( ) hidden under the blur tool ( ).

6.
Using the smudge tool, drag over your paintbrush strokes to smooth out their edges.


Before and after using the smudge tool


You can also use the smudge tool to create new strokes by selecting the Finger Painting option in the tool options bar.

7.
In the History palette, select the Snapshot 1 state of the image.

8.
Choose File > Save.

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