Photoshop Tutorials - Retouch Tools: Blur, Sharpen and Smudge
Retouch Tools: Blur, Sharpen and Smudge
Retouch is editing the image options to improve or change its qualities like increasing or decreasing the sharpness, etc. There is a group of tools for that: Blur, Sharpen and Smudge. In order to apply them you need to select the tool, move the cursor to the area of the image that you want to correct and press the mouse button. Every tool has the Mode and Strength settings that let you control the tool, you can set the range of the tool depends on the brush radius you chose in the Options palette.
Blur tool is used to soften the edges of the image.
Sharpen tool increases the sharpness of the image borders and therefore the image sharpness. You should use the tool carefully because if you will apply it several times to the same area of the image the colored spots may appear and this is no good for any image.
Smudge tool imitates the smudge of wet paint from the picture as if it was touched by an accident. It captures the color in the starting point and as you move the tool it mixes them with the colors of the areas that it is moved through. It has the Finger Painting option that adds the basic color to any area of the image where it is applied.
NOTE: Sharpen and Smudge tools do not work with black and white images.