Photoshop: Smudge tool issue (CS6 through CC 2014)

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Hi there,
Since Photoshop CS6 the functionality of the smudge tool seem to have been altered. I am still on Photoshop CS5 at work, because of that exact issue. I don't know why this problem has been ignored by Adobe and carried on even to the latest CC 2014 subscription.
Apparently not many people use the smudge tool at 100% pressure. As a concept artist at Warner Bros I have several concept artists in my team that report similar issues and we tried it out on different wacom devices on Windows 7 platforms (cintiq 24 HD, intuos 5 touch medium and large) showing the same behaviours. On my side I practically use this feature almost on a daily base and I find it extremely useful - feel free to visit my portfolio: to see the smudge tool in action :-)

It would be very much appreciated if a developer could fix this tool as shown here:

in short: it works perfectly fine in CS5 and I wished I had exactly the same functionality back again for a future version of Photoshop,
For right now my work around is the use of a hard round brush and all settings disabled - maybe that would help someone who experiences the same.
Thanks a lot and best regards,


Daniel Kvasznicza

P.S.: looking through the topics following points correspond to the same problem:

CS5 vs CS6 & CC 2014

100% vs. 99% pressure
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