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Cloning: Not just for Scientists

by Steph on 10 April 2012
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I like to play photographer at home sometimes. There is just one problem..I’m NOT a photographer! Good thing I am a PS’er though!  I wanted to snap a few pics of my kids in their Easter clothes. It was too wet outside, so my living room became a “studio” This is the only decent picture I could get of my lil’ peanut. But that outlet? Not so cute. Well, lets just fix that shall we? I introduce the clone stamp. The clone stamp is in both PS and PSE

After you open your picture, open your clone stamp. This is short cut “S” or  in the tool bar, the icon that looks like a stamp {bottom arrow}. Make sure your brush is set to something with soft edges. If you use a hard edged brush it won’t look natural {top arrow shows where to adjust the brush}.

Now put your mouse a little to the side of the thing you want to clone. I am going to use the yellow wall as a cover, so I am hovering a little to the right of the outlet. Hold down the “ALT” key. A little bullseye will come up. Click with your mouse while holding ALT. This is where your going to take your sampling from for the clone.

Now you are ready to clone your object. Your stamp will always take a sample to clone the same distance away from your mouse then where you originally clicked. See the red circle below? That shows where the clone is following my mouse around. Now you simply need to brush over your area that needs cloning.  You might need to re-sample an area {Hit ALT to bring up the bulls eye}, especially if you are cloning a large area.

And viola! No more outlet! And if I was REALLY picky I could clone out the carpet too, but I don’t mind it.


You can also use the clone stamp fix blemishes! I like this way better then the spot healer, personally!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Donna 11 April 2012 at 1:59 pm

I gotta tell you, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the clone tool!!!!!!!! It’s probably my most used tool in PSE other than the move tool (of course!). I’ve become quite the “architect” & have re-built walls, taken out telephone poles & lots more to help fix my pics! Thanks for the great tutorials…please keep ‘em coming!!!


2 mischalaneous 22 April 2012 at 9:41 am

THANK YOU THANK YOU for this great lesson! So helpful. Great photos btw…


3 Witchy 13 May 2012 at 4:33 am

Love the hint and tips here, but can I say your use of the word “then” is incorrect….you like this way better “THAN” the spot healer is the correct grammar.

Usage Notes:
And you’re confusing then and than. T-h-e-n is an adverb used to divide and measure time. ‘Detective McNulty makes a mess, and then he has to clean it up.’ Not to be confused with t-h-a-n, which is most commonly used after a comparative adjective or adverb, as in: ‘Rhonda is smarter than Jimmy.'”


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