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Chapter 12. Paint > Other painting tools

Other painting tools

In this section, you’ll learn how to use the Smudge, Paint Bucket, Eraser, Background Eraser, and Magic Eraser tools, and the Auto Erase function of the Pencil tool.

To smudge colors:

1.
Choose a layer. Note: The Smudge tool can’t be used on an image in Bitmap or Indexed Color mode.

2.
Choose the Smudge tool (R or Shift-R).

3.
On the Smudge tool options bar :


The left side of the Smudge tool options bar



The right side of the Smudge tool options bar


Click the Brush preset picker arrowhead, then click a brush; or click a brush on the Brushes palette.

and

Choose a blending Mode (see pages 32–36). Try Normal to smudge all shades or colors, Darken to push dark colors into lighter colors, or Lighten to push light colors into darker colors.

and

Move the Strength slider below 100%.

4.
Check Use All Layers on the options bar to start the smudge with colors from all the currently visible layers in the image (uncheck Finger Painting if you use this option). Or uncheck Use All Layers to smudge only with colors from the active layer. In either case, of course, pixels will be smudged only on the currently active layer.

5.
To start the smudge with the Foreground color, check Finger Painting on the options bar. Uncheck Finger Painting to have the smudge start with the color under the pointer where the stroke begins. The higher the Strength percentage, the more the Foreground color will be applied.

Tip

Hold down Alt/Option to toggle the Finger Painting option on/off.

6.
Drag across an area of the image . Pause, if necessary, to allow the screen to redraw.


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