Use the Blur, Sharpen and Smudge Tool in Photoshop CS6

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You're watching VisiHow. In this video, I'm going to show you how you can use the blur, smudge, and sharpen tool in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7. I already have an image open, which I will zoom into just quickly to show you a better example.

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    Navigate to the left-hand column of icons.
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    Right-click the droplet.
    It might also look like a triangle or a hand with one finger extended. Ours looks like a droplet because we have "Blur Tool" selected. We also have the "Sharpen Tool" and "Smudge Tool" here.
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    Click on "Blur Tool" to select it.
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    Hover over the canvas.
    We have a circle.
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    Right-click anywhere on the canvas.
    This brings up a menu with some options.
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    Click and drag the slider under "Size" to change the size of this tool.
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    Click and drag the slider under "Hardness" to change the hardness.
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    Click in the adjacent fields and type a number if preferred.
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    In the bottom section, scroll through the options.
    Like the pencil and the paintbrush, we have a lot of different heads to choose from, depending on what we're going for. Click on an image to select a head.
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    Click off the menu to close it.
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    Position the tool over an area.
    We have ours positioned over some of the flowers near the bottom on the right. Right now, the area is quite sharp.
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    Click repeatedly on that area.
    As we keep clicking, it blurs this particular area.
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    Right-click on the droplet icon on the left-hand toolbar.
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    Click "Sharpen Tool".
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    Right-click on the canvas again.
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    Adjust the size and hardness as before.
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    Click on the downward-pointing arrow next to "Strength" at the top of the screen.
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    Click and drag the slider that appears.
    This gives us the option to change the strength. We are going to go for 100% strength.
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    Click the word next to "Mode".
    This is to the left of "Strength". It likely says "Normal", because that is the default.
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    Click on any of the options in the dropdown menu to change the mode if desired.
    We will leave ours on "Normal" for now.
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    Click the downward-pointing arrow that is second from the left in this toolbar near the top of the screen.
    This is the same dropdown menu that we get when we right-click on our canvas. We find it much easier to right-click when we're working on the picture. We don't need to move around too much. We will make our tool slightly bigger.
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    Click off the menu if it is open, and position the tool on an area of the canvas.
    Choose a spot that isn't focused.
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    Click repeatedly on the area.
    As we click, it sharpens just within our circle.
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    Position the tool over the area previously blurred and click repeatedly.
    Play around with this. We can get some really interesting effects. It's also really good for when we want to sharpen one specific area within our image.
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    Right-click the triangle icon in the left-hand toolbar.
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    Click "Smudge Tool".
    This changes the icon to the hand with the extended finger. It's as if we were dragging a finger through paint.
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    Right-click on the canvas to get the options menu.
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    Adjust the size and hardness as before.
    Choose an alternative brush head by clicking on one if desired.
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    At the top of the screen, change the strength as before.
    We will use 100% for now. Feel free to change the mode as well.
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    Click and hold on the image and drag.
    It's a little bit slow. It's just dragging the colors through the screen. Depending on what sort of image we're going for, this can be really easy and really fun to manipulate.
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    This is a VisiHow video.
    I've just shown you how you can use the blur, smudge, and sharpen tools in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions, comments, or queries, feel free to add them to the section below and we'll do our best to get back to you.
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