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cock3tail Mar 6, 2008 7:28 PM

Hello all, I was hoping some of the very talented artists herewould be able to help with the Smudge Stick for a friend.Please go your hardest and post your effortsand I'm sure we'll get some great results. This is way out of my skills.Many thanks.

granthagen Mar 7, 2008 1:24 AM

cock3tail, what is it that you are looking for with this shot? Outside of the color balance of the man's face, there isn't anything really wrong with it...

As a matter of curiosity, what does a smudge stick have to do with this shot? I'm familiar with smudge sticks in the Native American culture, and I'm assuming that it's something similar with your Aboriginal culture, but I can't make the connection with this pic.


VTphotog Mar 7, 2008 11:52 PM


I have seen the term used, and believe it is a technique for using the smudge tool in photo editing to get an artistic effect such as a painting, from a photograph. Haven't used it myself, though. May have to see what I can come up with.


granthagen Mar 8, 2008 2:49 AM

Taking it in that context, it could be, then, that cock3tail is looking for a general "digital make-over" for the guy in this pic. The smudge tool generally smears and softens, so could be useful in lessening wrinkles and skin defects.

No one has posted any attempts yet, so maybe they are likewise unsure of what the goal is.


cock3tail Mar 8, 2008 3:38 PM

Thanks, I am in fact after an artistic effect. I have seen the smudge stick/tool used with stunning results and was hoping for something similar. Thanks for any help.

thkn777 Mar 8, 2008 4:12 PM

Hm, I also have no clue... but can start with something if that helps:

Have fun!

granthagen Mar 8, 2008 8:40 PM

thnk777, he looks like The Thing, from The Fantastic Four! :-)


VTphotog Mar 8, 2008 10:45 PM

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Ok, I did take a shot at it, and the result is not at all good. I hope your friend has a sense of humor. Just trying to get the idea of using smudge. Also have a tool called Bristle smear, which I used on the hair. May have to try it on myself, next, as my hairline isn't what it used to be.:lol:


cock3tail Mar 9, 2008 7:31 PM


VTphotog Mar 10, 2008 8:46 PM

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OK, that was goofing off a bit too much, even for me. I did take another try at this, using a very light smudge with lot of feather, to basically smooth the whiskers and wrinkles. Is this more like what you are after, or do you have an example you can post or link to? I can see where this would be useful to use instead of blurring.


Edit: rather than a new post, I'll just replace this. Masked in a new b/g , and used charcoal effect.

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