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Getting The Smudge Tool Working In Gimp 2.10

August 20, 2020

Digital Art, Sketching

I have been meaning to take Gimp 2.10 out for a spin for a while now and finally got around to it by doing a few rabbit sketches.

My first attempt felt a bit clunky, I used the Paintbrush tool to do the line drawing and was not entirely satisfied with the result.  The lines didn’t feel like pencil marks to me.

I also got stuck with the Smudge tool – I could not get it to work even after reading this post on Gimp Chat that advised me to set the Flow slider to 0 like this:

When I tried to use the Smudge tool nothing would happen – not a mark was made!

Eventually I realised that the tool’s Opacity Slider was set to 0 so I tried setting it to 50% and bingo!  I had arrived in Smudgehaven!

Here’s the first sketch where I used the Paintbrush tool to do the line drawing:

I decided to put it up for sale on a Zazzle mug:

Cute Bunny Rabbit Tilting It's Head Coffee Mug
Cute Bunny Rabbit Tilting It’s Head Coffee Mug
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For the second sketch, I tweaked the brush dynamics and used the Pencil tool with the “Acrylic 01” brush.  The lines in this feel much more like pencil strokes to me:

Lop-eared rabbit line drawing coffee mug
Lop-eared rabbit line drawing coffee mug
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In this third sketch I used the Ink tool at full opacity to block in the shapes and then went to town with the Smudge tool:

Lop-Eared Rabbit Sitting Up On Blue Background Coffee Mug
Lop-Eared Rabbit Sitting Up On Blue Background Coffee Mug
by Artloader

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