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Chapter 13. Retouching > The Sponge Tool

The Sponge Tool

Hiding in with the Dodge and Burn tools is the Sponge tool. It works as if you have a sponge full of bleach, where you can paint across your image and soak up the color. Or you can do the opposite and intensify the colors—it's all determined by what you choose from the Mode menu in the Options bar. If you choose Desaturate, then the Sponge tool will tone down the colors in the area you are painting. The more you paint across an area, the closer it will become to being grayscale. This can be useful when you'd like to make a product stand out from an otherwise distracting background (Figure 13.43). I also use it (with a very low Pressure setting) to minimize the yellow/orange color cast that usually shows up in the teeth of people who smoke or drink coffee a lot.

Figure 13.43. Some of the strawberries were desaturated to make the central one stand out. (© 2001 Stockbyte, www.stockbyte.com)



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