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Was the Smudge Tool Changed?

Jun 12, 2012 8:44 AM

Tags: #bug #tool #smudge_problem

In Photoshop CS5 and under, the smudge tool at 100% Strength would drag pixels without smudging/blurring/mixing, creating this cool painting effect. Customizing the smudge tool with a bit of a textured brush shape and some scattering, with 100% smudging Strength would create this amazing painterly effect, but now in Photoshop CS6 the 100% strength does not work. In fact, it works much worse than 99%.



As you can see, at 99% strength, the smudge does less blurring, and more dragging, which is almost as close as Photoshop CS5's 100% smudging strength( it hardly ever blurred or mixed, 100% would only drag in CS5)


100% on CS6 does considerably worse dragging, and alot of blurring, and seems to only be a step above 90%, which blurs and mixes more.

smudge problem.jpg


I'm not sure if this is a bug, or if this was an intentional edit to the smudging tool. The smudging tool in the past was completely fine, and now I can't use my smudging tool presets because they do not create the same effects they did when I created them back in CS5.

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    Jun 12, 2012 10:04 AM   in reply to somnixer

    As far as I know the tool hasn't changed.  You might want to double check the tool options settings on both versions.

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    Dec 13, 2013 6:40 PM   in reply to somnixer

    Thank you for documenting this. It is a serious problem that continues to be ignored by Adobe.

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