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Photoshop Sponge Tool

Updated on November 27, 2015

Photoshop Sponge Tool

Adobe Photoshop has lots of handy tools that people don't even realize are there. One of my favorites is the sponge tool. The sponge tool lets you "paint" with saturation. This means that you can move the sponge tool over part of an image to make the color more or less intense.

How to Use The Sponge Tool

1. Click on the sponge tool in the vertical toolbar on the left hand side of your workspace. The sponge tool literally looks like a tiny sponge, and shares space with the burn and dodge tools.

Some people think locating the sponge tool is the hardest part of this process. Depending on your toolbar setup, you can find this tool roughly midway down the toolbar. Put your cursor over a tool, and the tools sharing space will pop out to the right. Then you can select the proper tool.

2. Decide if you want to make your color area more or less intense. if you want more intensity, select "saturate" from the control bar at the top of your screen. if you want less intensity, hit "desaturate" instead.

3. Move your cursor over the Photoshop image, and you will see the color change. This can be a particularly nice technique to bring out facial tones in an overexposed photo, but the possibilities are endless.

4. Check your image to see the color change in effect. If you want to reverse the effect, check the opposite command from the control panel. For example, if you got the image a little too saturated, check "desaturate" and brush over that section again.

Sponge Tool Video Tutorial

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      FlashManElk 6 years ago

      this is a good tool for photo restoration work.