How to clone with GIMP: Have you found a beautiful photo ruined by the presence of a writing or a small imperfection that you would like to remove? If you have installed the free photo editing program on your PC GIMP, you can do it easily. All you have to do is rely on the clone tool.
The GIMP clone tool allows you to correct or “fill” certain portions of photos by exploiting other parts of the images without defects. Just ideal for covering writings, skin imperfections and small objects that often end up ruining digital photos. Do you want to find out how to use it? Well, let’s see now how to clone with GIMP in detail.
If you want to learn how to clone with GIMPstart the program and import the photo to be corrected into it by selecting the item You open from the menu File or by dragging the image into the main GIMP window. At this point, select it clone tool from the toolbar located on the left side of the screen (it is the icon in the shape of company stamp) and click on the button Brush to select the type of brush to use with the clone tool. I advise you to use a blended brush at the edges, in order to obtain a more natural result.
Once the clone tool is activated, hold down the key Ctrl on your computer keyboard and click on the point of the photo you want to use as the basis of your stamp: that will be the portion of the image that will be used to replace the areas to be corrected / filled in the original photo. Choose it carefully, trying not to stray too far from the area in which to use the tool.
Now use the clone tool on the part of the image to fill or correct as if it were a normal brush, being careful not to create smudges. If you need to retouch multiple points in the photo, select via Ctrl + Click portions of the image adjacent to them and repeat the operation.
When you are satisfied with the result, save your corrected photo with GIMP by selecting the item Export from the menu File of the program. Remember to manually add the file extension at the end of the name (eg .JPG or .PNG). If you are not satisfied with the result, press the key combination Ctrl + Z to undo the last operation performed and resume work from the previous point.
If you need to remove a large object or person from your photos, instead clone with GIMP you can follow my guide on how to delete people from photos and use a GIMP add-on dedicated to just this type of situation.