I don't think you must blend or smudge the colors with CS6. Although I am certainly not the master of digital art, I think that you are supposed to use varying opacity when you want to begin to shade or add highlights and whatnot first. Then, you should probably use the eyedropper tool to pick up similar colors in the vicinity and blend them by layering those colors. You can use the airbrush to blend them even more but by still picking up the colors, it will look even smoother. If you just want to blend and smudge colors, then you should use a program like Easy Paint Tool SAI since that's what it is practically made for. It's a really great program to use for all of that and you can also customize your brushes.^^
I hope this makes sense. I'm also trying to learn how to do digital art properly when I get the time. But this is what I see all the time when I watch highly skilled artists on various Livestream sessions and things of the like.
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Yeah I was doing the same thing, Just watching the very skilled artist on livestreams and youtube etc. I think I figured out a way to blend and such but I will just continue to fiddle with everything till I get the desired effect