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palms 01-16-2008 02:09 PM

Smudging resources
I thought i would try and put together the resources that are out there on the net about smudging this is by no means complete if you know of any more please post and i will add them to the list


lindas brush/sarsa's hair
trimoons brush
hair/fur brush

Sylvias smudging brushes (scroll to the bottom of the page, there are some backgrounds and textures too )

Peter's smudging hair tools post 174

For converting ps brushes to use in psp read this thread

Phyllis Stewart tips on smudging
Phyllis Stewart
Alan Buonforte
smudged eyes by Alan Buonforte
Scott deardoff's
renaissance man:
Anita Stanhope (psp)
Rod Barker
Amie Higgs (aka Amiebear)
http://amiehiggsdigitalartist.blogsp...efinitely.html **
a real easy explanation post #5

You tube videos
Scott Deardoff Cavalier spaniel

Smudging using gimp

using smudge tool in photoshop

Beginners smudge Tutorial for psp

Smudging forum
Smudge painting group at flikr

beagle smudge by Scott Deardoff **

Faye Sirkus ( this is for painting in painter but has some useful tips for preparing to smudge as well )

Training cd's dvd's /online courses
(not free)

Brad Buttry's oil painting

Scott Deardoff gives online lessons check out this link for when lessons begin **

Scotts web site ( new) here

Another link that has links ( I havent the time to go through them all some are already here but others) ** submitted by member mikajomc

This is a link to a forum thread about "Virtual oils" and "smudge painting " there is a lot of posts there but some little nuggets of info if you read through them as well as some great work (which you have to register to see) Rod Barker is a name to look out for (start at the end of the post and work backwards)
Also i thought it could be the place for members to post questions and ask for or give advice

My top tip is read as much as you can and practice ( i still am)
there is no magic numbers for the smudge brush just general ones, soft pale skin needs less strength than someone older with a tan etc.
so just because something works once on one image does not mean it will work and the next

** denotes links from other members (thank you)


skydog 01-16-2008 07:21 PM

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Thanks Palms...your resources amaze me and your willingness to share! thanks again..

mikajomc 01-16-2008 08:46 PM

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Thank you so much Palms!!! I've been wanting to learn how to smudge, this is awesome!

-jordan in cinci

Joeven 01-17-2008 12:53 AM

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Here's a link to a pdf on smudging.


palms 01-18-2008 07:36 AM

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Thank you all for your interest as more info comes to light i will add to the list

Now for all of those wishing to learn smudging or practice smudging here are some photo's for you to try out ( courtesy of and ( girl one))

For those wanting to learn
Have a go any problems you have, just ask ( sorry i personally wont have all the answers but maybe others will ) by using the same images it should make things a bit easier and fun

For those practicing
try and give some info on how you achieved your smudge, like which brush, opacity, sharpening etc

have fun


palms 01-20-2008 01:59 PM

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Heres a couple of different smudges of the dog photo
1st one done with the rough round brush at 80% opacity
2nd one done with one of the furry brush's at 80% opacity


palms 01-20-2008 03:35 PM

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Flower smudge
using trimoons smudge tool preset 23# at opacity 60% and his soften edges #1 at 19%( brilliant brush this one not just for smudge painting but for softening edges especially when changing backgrounds )


byRo 01-20-2008 03:46 PM

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Smudge portrait.

I like to keep the various peices in different layers, than I can sharpen them separately.

Joeven 01-20-2008 09:09 PM

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I used the two brushes from one of your links to smudge the dog. A hair one and the one from Linda. I'm just learning.


palms 01-21-2008 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by byRo (Post 180337)
Smudge portrait.

I like to keep the various peices in different layers, than I can sharpen them separately.

Good idea the different layers, not sure if you do this way but you can smudge onto a empty layer by doing
new layer, and checking the box at the top that says "use all layers"
problem with it, is that it slows the pc down considerably the more you do, but for say the eyes etc it is ok
or do this for a bit then turn visibility off on the background layer and you can see where you have missed smudging ! ! !

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