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How to clone with Photoshop

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How to clone with Photoshop: No matter how good you are at taking pictures, you will always have shots ruined by the presence of unwanted people, superfluous objects or more or less serious imperfections. Fortunately, there is nothing that cannot be remedied, since this type of problem can be easily solved with Photoshopand more precisely with its “clone stamp”.

The “clone stamp” is a tool included in all versions of the famous Adobe photo editing software, which allows you to select portions of the image to “cover” and camouflage them with adjacent portions of photos, so that no one notices the retouching performed . I know, said like this it may seem a complicated thing, but I assure you it’s child’s play.

You do not believe me? Then read the directions on how to clone with Photoshop I’m about to give you and try to put them into practice. For the tutorial I will use one of the latest versions of Photoshop CC, but the instructions contained in the guide are valid for all editions of the program. In addition, I will also tell you about its online variant that can be used directly from the browser and about an app that allows you to access the Photoshop “clone stamp” function from smartphones and tablets. In short, you just have to choose the solution that suits you best and get to work. Enjoy your reading and have fun!

Preliminary operations

If you’re reading this tutorial, you most likely already have Photoshop installed on your computer. If not, know that you can download Adobe’s famous photo editing software and try it out free for 7 days on both Windows and macOS. All you have to do is read the directions I gave you in my guide on how to download Photoshop for free and put them into practice.

At the end of the trial period, to continue using Photoshop, you will need to subscribe to one of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription plans, starting at 12.19 euros / month.

How to clone with Photoshop on PC

How to clone with Photoshop

If you want to learn how to clone with Photoshop to disguise objects or even people in the photos, the first step you have to take is to start the program and import the file you intend to act on. You can do this by going to the menu File> Open located at the top left or by dragging the photo to be edited in the program window.

Once you have opened the image to edit, you just have to activate it clone stamp tool using the toolbar on the left side of the screen (the one with the stamp icon) and choose the type and size of the brush to use from the special menu located at the top left (the same one you use to adjust the type and size of the brush for coloring).

Photoshop clone stamp tool

Now you have to select the point of the image to use as a source for the creation of the clone effect, that is the portion of the photo to be used as a fill to disguise unwanted elements. To do this, press and hold the key Alt of the keyboard, and click on the point of the image to “clone”.

The rest is child’s play: all you have to do is use the clone stamp like any brush to “color” (ie fill in) parts of photos that include unwanted objects or people. To get a more natural effect, try to use parts of the image as close as possible to the area to be camouflaged.

How to clone with Photoshop

As an alternative to the “clone stamp”, you can also use another Photoshop tool and cover a portion of the image by drawing from another area of ​​the same photo: the patchthanks to which it is possible to select the part of the image to be covered and drag it onto the one to be used as camouflage, in order to fill it with this content.

To take advantage of the Photoshop patch tool, recall it from the toolbar located on the left (if it is not immediately visible, you can recall it by right clicking on a tool between Healing brush, Spot Healing Brush, Move based on content or Red eyes) and use the mouse to “draw” a selection around the image area to be covered.

Once the selection is closed, click anywhere on it, hold down the left mouse button and drag the “patch” to the point in the photo you want to use as a fill. The selected part of the image will be immediately camouflaged using the area of ​​the photo on which the “patch” has been dragged as a fill. Convenient, right?

How to clone with Photoshop

Yet another way to clone with Photoshop and remove unwanted elements from photos is to use the Spot Healing Brusha tool that intelligently automates the work of the clone stamp, making it particularly useful in cases where it is necessary to cover small skin imperfections (e.g. pimples, moles, etc.) or small objects.

How to use? It is almost useless to explain it: just select it from the toolbar located on the left side of the screen (it is the icon in the shape of bandaid) and use it like any brush to fill in the portions of the image to be camouflaged. The brush will intelligently use adjacent portions of the image to fill the area you have chosen to work on.

How to clone with Photoshop

When you are satisfied with the result, you can save your photo retouched with Photoshop by going to the menu File program and selecting the item Save with name from the latter.

If, on the other hand, you have made a mistake in some steps, you can easily undo the last operation performed by pressing the key combination Ctrl + Z on your computer keyboard (cmd + z on Mac).

Photoshop on the web

Clone stamp

As mentioned at the beginning of the post, there is also one online version of Photoshop which can be used directly on Chromium-based browsers installed on computers with at least 4GB of RAM and a processor of at least 2GHz. It is only available to users with an active Creative Cloud subscription.

To use Photoshop on the web (this is the full name of the online version of Photoshop), connected log in to Creative Cloud library with your Adobe ID and click on photo thumbnail to edit. After that, click the button (∨) located at the button Open in (located at the top right) and, in the opened menu, click on the wording Photoshop on the web.

Now, call it back Clone tool from the toolbar on the left, select the one called Clone stamp in the opened menu and select the level on which to go to act through the panel on the right. Next, press the to key Alt of the keyboard, and click on the point of the image you want to clone.

Finally, “color” the image as you would using any Photoshop brush, until you get the desired result: just hold down the left mouse button while moving the cursor over the image. When finished, click on the button (≡) at the top left, select the item Export as and select your preferred export option.

Note: if you think Photoshop on the web is too expensive for your needs, you can give it a try Photopea: a free online photo editor with many advanced features and a user interface very similar to that of Photoshop for Windows / macOS (also in Italian). It does not require registration or plugins, as it is based on HTML5 technology. It’s not officially produced by Adobe, but that’s certainly not a problem. I told you about it in more detail in several of my tutorials such as those on how to delete people from photos and on sites to edit photos.

How to clone with Photoshop on smartphones and tablets

Clone with Photoshop

Adobe has released a series of applications for smartphones and tablets dedicated to photo editing: among these, the one that allows you to easily clone parts of an image to camouflage aesthetic defects, cover people and remove unwanted objects, is Photoshop Expresswhich is available for free for Android/iOS / iPadOS.

After installing and launching Photoshop Express, tap the button Forward 10 times in a row and, after reading the explanatory sheets that briefly explain how it works, presses the button Adobe ID and log in with your Adobe account or, alternatively, log in with your account Google or with your account Facebook.

Once logged in, press the button OKgrant Photoshop Express the necessary permissions to work and then tap onpreview of the photo to be retouched. Next, click on the icon bandaid (below), select the tab Advanced and, after having adjusted the size of the brush using the appropriate slider, move up OFF the switch located in correspondence with the wording Merger.

Now, tap on an area of ​​the photo and move one of the two shot in the point to be cloned, so as to show in the other shot the cloned area. When you have finished the changes, press the button Forward (top right) and select the way you want to save or share.