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Smudge tool not quite right

Jul 20, 2013, 19:41
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Smudge tool not quite right
My art background is pencil. I use a pencil and then a simple paper smudge tool to lighten the strokes and spread the graphite for shading. Standard stuff.

The problem I'm having with GIMP smudge tool is that it's really a "smear" tool. Ideally, I want to spread the "graphite" of one color out over the "paper" of another color. The way the tool works - as I understand it - is that it combines the values based on where you start and end your stroke. The problem with this is that I get "back smearing" where the transparent part of the picture smears into the color part, effectively erasing it. With a "smeary" look! (Or the background color intrudes into the color of interest, which isn't as bad but is still not the desired result.)

This is NOT smudging. It's more like mixing, which is fine if your doing oils. Not so good for pencil. Is there any adjustment I can make that will force the tool to spread out the pixels "one way" only?
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Jul 21, 2013, 08:52
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RE: Smudge tool not quite right
As well as the above

Gimp might not be the best tool for you coming from a sketching background.

Maybe start your image with MyPaint then if necessary switch to Gimp for completion. MyPaint uses the openraster format .ora which Gimp can open.

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