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The other ones, I will review more quickly here. This is sponge tool which allows you to either increase the saturation values or decrease the saturation values. So, for example, if I will go ahead and choose the sponge tool and then I set the mode up here from desaturate to saturate and I increase the size of the brush and I will start brushing around.
Notice that I get more and more saturated colors going on inside of here. And sometimes if it is not getting a saturated as you wanted to, just stop and start painting again and you will get sort of a new take on thing each time you start brushing with the tool. It sort of starts over and increases from the previously increased saturation values. But by default, the tools set to desaturate and that is because the sponge tool that is originally introduced to desasturate some of the modifications that are made with the “Burn” tool.
When you burn an image, when you darken an image, you tend to increase saturation values. Similarly, when you Dodge an image, you reduce saturation values. However, this whole thing tends to be more noticed when burning. You tend to really notice these increases in saturation values and therefore, you have the “Sponge” tool to compensate when set to the desaturate mode.
Alright, moving right along. Over here, among the focus tools are the “Blur” tool, the “Sharpen” tool and the “Smudge” tool. Blur and sharpen are two of the worst tools in all of Photoshop. I cannot believe they have never been updated. They are just really bad tool. Let me show you how bad they are. Basically, what they do is they blur and sharpen the focus of the image. So, blur works reasonably enough. I never found it terribly useful to go around and blurring things with a tool that is sort of painting and blurring this.
Let us see how it works. We are not even going to be really able to see the difference unless I crank up the strength value here, so I will go ahead and crank this string up to a 100% and then I will paint and--you know, I guess things are getting a little blurry as I paint along. Whatever!
Anyway, sharpen. Let us try that out because it is a real menace. I will go ahead and choose the sharpen tool and I will crank it up to 100% as well just so that we can see how big and bad it gets. I will increase the size of the tool here. And let us scroll down a little bit into the mountains. I will brush across them. Look, it is not sharpening the mountains, it is infecting them. It looks like reptalia with here. You know with the confetti on it anyway. Bad tool!
Any way, smudge tool though is kind of cool. Here, let us check it out. I am going to go ahead and zoom in on the image some more. Look at that sharpening. Yikes! Let us go ahead and smear the sharpening just so that we can see what the smudge tool does. And notice it actually moves pixels around. It moves them and blurs them together, so it has got a kind of moving, blurring action going.
In little increments, you can actually use it to move details around just a little bit. If you just keep your movements really, really soft, and it is a problem with things get a little bit blurry, you can move things around just a little bit. Also, by the way, something to note about this tool, if I really crank up the size of the brush, it works very, very slowly. If you do a big drag and you are way zoomed out the image, it takes a while to keep up with your movements. Whereas, if you keep your brush size with this particular tool, it keeps up with you a lot better. So, just something to note.
There is also this finger painting check box over here, you can barely see it on screen, that allows you to paint a little dull up foreground color, the black in this case as you smear. You can get to that from the keyboard. You can activate it temporarily just by option dragging or alt-dragging on the PC. That will start with a little bit of finger painting. That is what is called. A little bit of dull up of the foreground color just in case you want it.
Why you would dull but it is there. Alright, now, we have a sense of how the too