How To Use the Sponge Tool in Photoshop

If you’re new to Photoshop, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the many tool options available to you. Even if you’re a seasoned Photoshop user, you may be overlooking helpful tools because you don’t know what they do. If you’ve never used the Sponge tool before, you’re missing out on one of the most effective ways to adjust color in specific portions of your images.
Adjusting color saturation is a great way to touch up a photo and bring visual interest to an image. It can also allow you to make an artistic statement by intentionally giving one person or object more color than everything else in the shot. Ready to see it in action? Here’s how to use the sponge tool in Photoshop on your next project.
Select Your Tool 
First, open the image you want to edit in Photoshop, then zoom in or out until you can clearly see the area you want to desaturate or saturate with color. Next, select the Sponge tool (it’s hidden in the Dodge and Burn tool panel).
Adjust Your Settings 
Before you begin adjusting color saturation in an image, you’ll need to select the size and style of brush you want, then the mode (saturate or desaturate). Finally, you’ll need to determine the percentage of Flow you want (Flow refers to the intensity of your saturation). Once you’ve selected your preferred settings, you can begin adding or removing color saturation from your image.
Select Your Image 
To select the portion of the image you want to modify with the Sponge tool in Photoshop, just click and drag a line around it. You can also carefully drag the curser back and forth over the area you want to emphasize or de-emphasize. The Move tool can help you avoid accidentally modifying other parts of the image. Once you’re satisfied with your color saturation modifications, save your work.
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