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Chapter 16. Retouching > The Blur Tool

The Blur Tool

The Blur tool is pretty straightforward. You can paint across any part of your image and blur everything that your cursor passes over. In the Blur tool options bar, you will find a Pressure setting that determines how much you will blur the image; higher settings blur the image more. This can be useful if there are little, itty-bitty areas of detail obstructing your image. I generally prefer to use the Gaussian Blur filter instead of this Blur tool because it does a better job of evenly blurring an area.

Don't go over the image with the Blur tool set to Lighten and then switch over to Darken and go over it again. That would be the same as leaving it set to Normal, and you would be back to Vaseline face. So use it just once, with it set to either Lighten or Darken. Just think about what is most prominent in a wrinkle. Is it the light area of the wrinkle, or the dark area? That will indicate which setting you should use.



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