3.14. Smudge

Figure 13.88. Smudge tool

Smudge tool

The Smudge tool uses the current brush to smudge colors on the active layer or a selection. It takes color in passing and uses it to mix it to the next colors it meets, on a distance you can set.

3.14.1. Activating the Tool

You can find the Smudge tool in various ways :

  • through ToolsPaint ToolsSmudge. in the image menu,

  • by clicking on the tool icon: in Toolbox,

  • or by pressing the S key on keyboard.

3.14.2. Key modifiers (Defaults)


The Shift key places the smudge tool into straight line mode. Holding Shift while clicking Button1 will smudge in a straight line. Consecutive clicks will continue smudging in straight lines that originate from the end of the last line.


Using Ctrl with Shift, you can constrain the angle between two successive lines to vary by steps of 15°.

3.14.3. Options

Figure 13.89. The Smudge tool in Toolbox

The Smudge tool in Toolbox

Normally, tool options are displayed in a window attached under the Toolbox as soon as you activate a tool. If they are not, you can access them from the image menu bar through WindowsDockable WindowsTool Options which opens the option window of the selected tool.

Opacity; Brush; Scale; Brush Dynamics; Fade out; Apply Jitter; Hard edges; Rate
See the Common Paint Tool Options for a description of tool options that apply to many or all paint tools.