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Sponging an Image

Before closing this hour, I’d like to mention one more filter on the Filters, Artistic submenu: Sponge. With it, you can create a kind of watercolor effect that looks as if it were done with a sponge rather than a paintbrush. This filter blends areas of color, but retains the edges to give some detail to the image.

Open the Sponge dialog box, shown in Figure 18.27. Adjusting the Brush Size slider changes the size of the individual areas of color used to render the image. It correspondingly changes the size of the sponge pores, which paint tiny bits of gray all over the image. The Definition slider adjusts the darkness of the paint used on the sponge—from light gray to dark gray. With the Smoothness slider, you can change the amount of blending between the areas of color that make up the image, and the gray spots left by the sponge.


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