Use the Clone Stamp tool for precise control when removing items from an image.

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What you learned: Remove objects with the Clone Stamp tool

When to use the Clone Stamp tool

The Clone Stamp is effective when you need to copy exact detail and color from one part of an image to another area.

Use an empty layer for the Clone Stamp retouching

With the Clone Stamp tool, you can use an empty layer to keep your retouching separate from the main image.

  1. Click the Add New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel.
  2. With the new layer active, click the lock position button at the top of the Layers panel to keep the new layer aligned with the Background layer.
  3. In the Options bar for the Clone Stamp tool, set the Sample menu to Current & Below to copy detail from the underlying layer and place it on the new layer.

Define a sample area, and brush new detail over the object

  • With the Clone Stamp tool selected, Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (MacOS) an area of detail to set the sample point. A preview inside the Clone Stamp pointer shows the detail you will use for the retouching. The preview is useful for aligning sampled detail with other parts of the image.
  • Brush over the area where you want to add the sampled detail to cover an object.  As you work, a crosshair indicates where the detail is copied from.

Inspect the results to check for repeating detail

Removing objects with the Clone Stamp tool can sometimes result in detail from the sampled area repeated where you used the tool.

  • Use the Clone Stamp tool with a smaller brush size to cover up obvious, repeating details.

Save your work

  • Save the file in PSD or TIFF format to retain the separate retouching layer you created.
08/28/2019

Adobe Stock contributor: naypong

Presenter: Seán Duggan

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