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Chapter 6. COMPOSITING > Sharpening and blurring

Sharpening and blurring

The Blur tool decreases contrast between pixels. Use it to soften edges between shapes. The Sharpen tool increases contrast between pixels. Use it to delineate edges between shapes. Neither tool can be used on a image in Bitmap or Indexed Color mode.

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Use everything you've got

With the Use All Layers box unchecked on the options bar for the Magic Wand, Smudge, Sharpen, Blur, or Clone Stamp tool, you will sharpen, blur, etc. using pixels from only the currently chosen layer. With the Use All Layers box checked, you will sharpen, blur, etc. using sampled data from all the currently visible layers under the pointer. With the Use All Layers option on, try applying pixels onto a new layer.



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