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Smudges

Smudge is the artist's term for blending two or more colors. In Photoshop, there are, naturally, several ways of smudging. There are several ways of doing virtually anything in Photoshop. Be that as it may, using the Smudge tool is the most obvious and the quickest way to blend something into its background.

Using the Smudge Tool

The Smudge tool looks like, and works like, a finger. It's in the same toolbox compartment with the Blur and Sharpen tools. The Smudge tool picks up color from wherever you start to drag it and moves it in the direction in which you drag. Honestly, nothing could be much simpler. You do, however, have to use the Tool Options bar's Strength field to set the pressure of your smudging finger. At 100%, the finger simply wipes away the paint. At 50%, it smears it. At 25%, the smear is less pronounced. Figure 9.1 shows these different smear settings. Photoshop considers the Smudge tool to be a brush, so you can set the width of the finger by choosing an appropriate brush size from the Brush menu.


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