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    Photoshop Image Retouching tools

    Rubber stamp tool Pattern stamp tool Smudge tool
    Blur & Sharpen tools Dodge & Burn tool Sponge tool

    Both Photoshop and ImageReady provide you with several tools and commands for retouching images.The tools are the rubber stamp tool, the smudge tool, the blur and sharpen tools, and the dodge, burn, and sponge tools.

    Rubber stamp tool photoshop Rubber 
  stamp tool & Pattern stamp tool photoshop Pattern stamp tool:

    Using rubber stamp tool, you can remove an object or area by 'cloning' an area of the image over the area you want to eliminate.

    rubber stamp tool
    Fig1
    rubber stamp tool
    Fig2

    1) Select the rubber stamp tool. (click here to see the settings of its option palette)
    2) Position the pointer on the part of the image you want to sample, and Alt-click (FIg1). This sample point is the location from which the image is duplicated as you paint.
    3) Drag the tool over the area you want to paint over with a copy of the image you just sampled.Notice the cross hair that follows your cursor as you paint. It represents the point from which the rubber stamp tool is cloning.

    The pattern stamp tool paints with the selection as a pattern.

    Pattern stamp tool
    Fig3
    Pattern stamp tool
    Fig4

    1) Use the rectangle marquee tool ( photoshop rectangle marquee) on any open image to select an area to use as a pattern (fig3).
    2) Then choose Edit > Define Pattern.
    3)Reselect the pattern stamp tool. (Click here to see the settings of its option palette).
    4) Drag the tool over the area you want to paint.

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    Options palette
    Double-click the rubber stamp tool or pattern stamp tool to display its Options palette.  rubber stamp options palette

    • Specify the blending mode and opacity.

    • If you are using the rubber stamp tool, select Use All Layers to sample data from all visible layers. If left deselected, the tool samples only from the active layer.

    • Do one of the following:

    1) With the rubber stamp tool, select Aligned to apply the entire sampled area once, regardless of how many times you stop and resume painting. This option is useful when you want to use different sized brushes to paint an image. You can also use the Aligned option to duplicate two halves of a single image and place them at different locations.
    2) With the rubber stamp tool, deselect Aligned to apply the sampled area from the initial sampling point each time you stop and resume painting. Because the rubber stamp tool samples the entire image, this option is useful for applying multiple copies of the same part of an image to different images.
    3) With the pattern stamp tool, select Aligned to repeat the pattern as contiguous, uniform tiles, even when you stop and resume painting in different parts of the image.
    4) With the pattern stamp tool, deselect Aligned to center the pattern on the pointer each time you stop and resume painting.

    • If you are using a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet, select Size to change the brush size with changes in stylus pressure, Opacity to change the opacity.

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    The smudge tool photoshop smudge tool
    The smudge tool simulates the actions of dragging a finger through wet paint. The tool picks up color where the stroke begins and pushes it in the direction you drag. photoshop smudge tool
    Fig5 (Original)
    photoshop smudge tool
    Fig6(After smudging)
    photoshop smudge tool palette Double-click the smudge tool to display its Options palette.

    • Specify the blending mode and pressure.
    • Select Finger Painting to smudge using the foreground color at the beginning of each stroke. If you leave this option deselected, the smudge tool uses the color under the pointer at the beginning of each stroke.
    • Select Use All Layers to smudge using color data from all visible layers. If deselected, the smudge tool uses colors only from the active layer.
    • If you are using a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet, choose Size to have increased pressure create a bigger brush stroke or choose pressure to have increased pressure make the paint more opaque or more intense.

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    The blur photoshop blur tool or sharpen tool photoshop sharpen tool
    The blur tool softens hard edges or areas in an image to reduce detail. The sharpen tool focuses soft edges to increase clarity or focus. photoshop blur tool
    Fig8 (Blurring)
    photoshop sharpen tool
    Fig9(Sharpening)

    • Double-click the blur tool or sharpen tool to display its Options palette.
    • Specify the blending mode and pressure.
    • To blur or sharpen using data from all visible layers, select Use All Layers. If deselected, the blur or sharpen tool uses data only from the active layer.
    • If you are using a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet,select Size to change the brush size with changes in stylus pressure, Opacity to change the opacity.

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    The dodge photoshop dodge tool or burn photoshop burn tool
    The dodge tool and the burn tool are used to lighten or darken areas of the image. Select the tool drag over the part of the image you want to modify. photoshop dodge tool
    Fig8 (dodging)
    photoshop burn tool
    Fig9(burning)
    Double-click the tool to display its Options palette.

    • Select what to change in the image:
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    ) Midtones to change only the middle range of grays in the image.
    2) Shadows to change the dark portions of the image.
    3) Highlights to change only the light pixels.

    • Specify the exposure for the dodge tool and burn tool.For a weak effect, specify a low percentage value; for a strong effect, specify a high value.

    • If you are using a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet, choose Size to have increased pressure create a bigger brush stroke or choose Exposure to have increased pressure make the paint more opaque or more intense.

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    The sponge tool photoshop sponge tool
    In Grayscale mode, the sponge tool increases or decreases contrast by moving gray levels away from or toward the middle gray. Select the tool drag over the part of the image you want to modify. photoshop sponge tool
    Fig10 (desaturate)
    photoshop sponge tool
    Fig1(saturate)

    • Double-click the tool to display its Options palette.

    • Select Saturate to intensify the color’s saturation or Desaturate to dilute the color’s saturation.

    • Specify the the pressure for the sponge tool. For a weak effect, specify a low percentage value; for a strong effect, specify a high value.

    • If you are using a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet, choose Size to have increased pressure create a bigger brush stroke or choose pressure to have increased pressure make the paint more opaque or more intense.

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    Page contents: itechies.net - Learn how to use different image retouching tools such as Rubber stamp tool , Pattern stamp tool,smudge tool,burn tool,blur or sharpen tool in photoshop.
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