Photoshop: 4 ways to use the Clone Stamp tool

If you want to delete an unwanted object in Photoshop the Clone Stamp tool can do it. And it does not only do that but a lot of other things. Read this tribute to Clone Stamp and we are sure you will appreciate the tool.

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In this article we will show you some of the ways you can use Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool to edit your photos. These are the 4 most basic, but rest assured that there are others you will discover when you let the artist's imagination guide you.

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Before we give you examples of how to use the Photoshop Clone Stamp tool, let's start with the basics. When you use Clone Stamp, you're looking to fix and edit your images in a way that enhances the original photo while still looking natural. This tool basically takes a piece of an image and uses it as a stamp to place clones of the piece in as many places as you want. Something like that

With that in mind, let's look at four different ways to use the Photoshop Clone Stamp tool to your advantage.

1. Remove unwanted items from your photos
The first way you can use Clone Stamp is to get rid of anything you don't want in a photo. Whether it's a person (say your little brother who got thrown in the middle) or an object that spoils the (like the cable you didn't notice when taking the picture). Clone from different points in the photo allows you to remove them.

Take this landscape as an example. If the wooden pole in the foreground disappears, then you could create a beautiful and serene image.

To remove the pole, first observe the grass pattern on the ground, and then look at the area at the top of the pole as well. By pulling pieces from the different types of grass (green and brown) along with the bushes in the background, it becomes possible to remove the pole while keeping everything natural.

Keep in mind that creating a single grass pattern will look unnatural. It is important not to use the Clone Stamp as the brush you drag on the photo.

Using the same procedure, you can remove cars, people, trees, your ex, your ex, a pimple and much more from your photos.

2. Multiply an item in your photo
At the opposite end of the scale, an image can have very few things. In the Photoshop tutorial for the Clone Stamp tool, practice filling a "lean" flower vase with cloned flowers to make it look full. It's a simple but effective exercise that shows you an intuitive way to use what already exists in an image.

As with removing objects from images, it is important to make good use of your space. When copying objects, think about what really matters in an image. In a photo with a car on an empty road, you could fill the whole road with vehicles. However, this may not give you the final beautiful result, even in very well processed images.

In comparison, you could take a photo of a street and reproduce the street lamps to fill it with and extra atmosphere. Using different layers, you could easily show the before and after to show the benefits of these modifications.

3. Improve the quality of your images
The Clone Stamp tool can do a perfect job of clearing any optical spots that appear in an image. Zooming with the zoom tool makes cloning more accurate and allows for better processing.

Once magnified, remove any dirt or objects by placing pieces of undamaged parts of the photo on top with the Clone Stamp. With the ability to make changes to individual pixels, you can easily correct any simple imperfections.

In addition, if you are dealing with any kind of digital maintenance on old photos, using the Clone Stamp tool helps a lot. When scanning the old image you can see blackheads from dirt, hair, etc. Using the Clone Stamp you can easily remove these foreign objects.

Additionally, you may experience instances of corrupted or illegible text. Clone Stamp works like a digital tool that can easily remove damaged typography. Then enter new text digitally or clone from the base font the , if you want to maintain a consistency.

In practice, if you can think of a clean script for an image, the Clone Stamp tool can play a role.

4. Use the Clone Source Panel to boost productivity
While basic use of the Clone Stamp tool can help with photo editing, the Clone Source panel adds a few extra options to the process. When first accessing the Clone Source panel, five Clone Stamp icons appear at the top. For those working with multiple images, these slots allow you to remember five different image sources for easy input and amendment.

Other Clone Stamp options include the ability to flip the cloned image horizontally or vertically. Click the corresponding icons next to the width and height boxes to use each transformation. You can also change the angle of each cloned source before input.

Do you need to increase or decrease the size of your cloned image? The width and height are scaled in percentage, and allow a custom coverage area.

You also have the option of overlapping the cloned image during installation. If you use overlay, the opacity option allows you to change its visibility.

While these are small changes in themselves, the menu allows for many basic options image to transfer to the cloned images.

More Photoshop Basics You Need to Know
Using the Adobe Photoshop Clone Stamp tool to repair and retouch images can reproduce small snippets of your photos within your photos. Like most tools in the Adobe arsenal, practicing the Clone Stamp tool can help you level up in image editing.

Also take a look at this one guide for beginners to see the other basic Photoshop tools. The clone stamp tool is present in all major image editors. The same thing works everywhere.

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