The Clone Stamp Tool

The Clone Stamp Tool

The Clone Stamp tool is used for pixel-to-pixel cloning. It’s different from the Healing Brush tool in that it does no automatic blending into the target area. The Clone Stamp tool could be used for removing a product name from an image, replacing a telephone wire that is crossing in front of a building, or to duplicate an item.

Here is how you use the Clone Stamp tool:

  1. With the Clone Stamp tool selected, position the cursor over the area that you want to clone, and then Alt+click (Windows) or Option+click (Mac) to define the clone source.

  2. Position the cursor over the area where you want to paint the cloned pixels and start painting.

    Note the cross hair back at the original sampled area, as shown in Figure. As you’re painting, the cross hair follows the pixels that you’re cloning.

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    Figure: A cross hair over the source target shows what you’re cloning.


When using the Clone Stamp tool for touching up images, it’s best to resample many times so as to not leave a seam where you replaced pixels. A good clone stamper Alt+clicks (Windows) or Option+clicks (Mac) and paints many times over until the retouching is complete.

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