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Adobe Adds New Smudge and Sponge Tools to Photoshop for iPad

Adobe updated today his Photoshop for iPad app, introducing two tools that were not previously available to further align the iPad version of the app with Photoshop for desktop.

With the new smudging tool, Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ users can mix colors in their images, and with the sponge tool, different areas of an image may be saturated or desaturated.

According to Adobe, the Smudge tool is able to mimic the effect of a finger crossing wet paint, and it can also be used to smudge lines and blend two or more colors together. The Smudge tool is accessible from the Adjustment tool options.

The Sponge Tool can be used to enhance the vividness of colors in specific areas of an image or to mask colors. As with the Smudge Tool, the Sponge Tool is available by tapping the Adjustment Tools icon.

Today’s update also introduces options to adjust white balance for Camera Raw images and there are now labels for tool icons that can be seen when you hover over them.

Both tools work well with a finger or an Apple pencil, with Adobe recommending an “Apple pencil” for the best results.

Photoshop for iPad is available through Adobe’s Creative Cloud plans, which start at $ 9.99 for the Photography plan. The Photography package includes Lightroom for desktop and mobile, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop for desktop and ‌iPad‌, and 20 GB of cloud storage. A Photoshop-only subscription is also available for $ 20.99 per month, and this plan includes 100GB of storage.

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