Photoshop Clone Stamp

Photoshop Clone Stamp

The Photoshop clone stamp tool is a photographer’s bread and butter when it comes to editing images from a wedding gig you’ve been hired to shoot. The Photoshop clone stamp tool allows you to clone an area of an image onto another area of that same image! Pretty cool right? It's so easy to use and we think that it’s more than likely a tool which photographers will often turn to when using the program.

What Is The Photoshop Clone Stamp Tool? - The Photoshop clone stamp tool has been a standard tool in the Photoshop editing software since the very beginning! It is used by photographers, designers and professional editors to remove unwanted elements from a photograph. Photoshop is used for many reasons, but one thing that makes it stand out leagues above the rest of the software editing programs out there are the results that you can achieve through your images. In fact, we’ll talk more about Photoshop as a whole in a separate post, because that’s an entirely different topic at hand, but you’re going to need to know a fair bit more about Photoshop's clone stamp tool if you’re serious about editing wedding images to a professional standard.

It is common to use Photoshop’s clone stamp tool to retouch blemishes on people's faces. In fact, it’s not just wedding photographer’s that commonly use this feature for a flawless look, many campaign editors use this feature to make magazine images stand out and even smaller scale tv campaigns and adverts air brush their images and use the clone stamp tool to remove any impurities on the skin. This can also be applied to other parts of an image to if desired. So, how does it work? Well photographs are actually made up of tiny pixels and the clone stamp tool duplicates these pixels. If you were to simply use a paintbrush, the area would be flat, lacking all dimension, tone, and shade. The stamped part of the image would not blend with the rest of the photograph. Using the paint feature would be a job done poorly, so always stick to the Photoshop clone stamp if impurities are what you’re trying to erase. Essentially, the clone stamp tool replaces pixels with pixels and makes any retouching look invisible, so that’s how it works!

Through the various versions of Photoshop, the clone stamp has inspired other very useful retouching tools such as the Pattern Stamp, Healing Brush (the Band-Aid icon), and Patch Tool. Each of these work in a very similar way to Photoshop’s clone stamp tool, so if you learn how to use this one tool, learning to use the others will be super easy, but be patient! Getting great results out of the clone stamp tool does take a lot of practice and it's important that you use it enough to get the hang of it when editing your images with Photoshop. The best retouching job is one that looks like nothing has been touched, but we know that really it has.

Step #1: Select The Clone Stamp Tool - In order to practice using the clone stamp tool, you’re going to need to open a photo in Photoshop. To do so, go to “File”, then select “Open”. Then, select the photo on your computer and then click “Open”. Any photo will do for practising on, but if you have one image in particular that needs some retouching, we suggest that you use that one. The clone stamp tool is located on the Photoshop toolbar, so that’s where you’ll need to go to use it. If you do not see the toolbar, go to “Window” and then “Tools” to bring it up. Then click the Stamp tool, it’s the one that looks like an old-fashioned rubber stamp.

Step #2: Choose Brush Options - Once you’ve selected the clone stamp tool in Photoshop, you can set your brush options from there. Brush size and shape, opacity, flow, and blending modes can all be changed to suit your needs. If you want to copy an exact area, you should leave the opacity, flow, and blending mode at their default settings, which is 100 percent and Normal mode. You will only have to choose a brush size and shape.

Step #3: Select An Area To Copy From - The clone stamp tool is such a great piece of equipment because it lets you copy one area of a photo to another using any type of brush! This can be useful for tricks such as covering up blemishes, or by removing trees from a mountain view e.c.t to select the area, you want to copy onto another part of the image, move your mouse to the area that you’d like to duplicate and Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac). The cursor will change to a target: click the exact spot you want to start copying from and that’s it! It’s really simple, but so effective if you use the tool well.

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Photo + editing credit: All images in this blog post edited by the team here at Weddit and photographed by Lukas Griffin. To get started with our wedding photo editing service, you can create an account here. 

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