Posts tagged "Clone Stamp Tool"

October 25, 2018

Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Photography – Live on LinkedIn |

I’m excited to announce that my new Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Photography course is now live on LinkedIn Learning and on

Course Description:Whether you’re an experienced creative professional or someone who has just recently purchased a camera, learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is a hugely valuable investment that can help you get the most out of your pixels. Photoshop CC 2019 is loaded with tools and features that can help photographers quickly get the image results they want. In this course, Julieanne Kost gets you up to speed with Photoshop and shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including retouching, creatively using adjustment layers, and combining multiple images. Along the way, she shares how to work with type, Smart Objects, and artistic filters; create custom brushes; use the libraries to store content; quickly export and share images; and more.

Topics Include:

  • Dodging and burning with Curves
  • Tinting and toning techniques
  • Using color lookup tables
  • Brightening eyes and lightening teeth
  • Using the Healing Brush
  • Combining multiple images
  • Creating a double exposure effect
  • Creating a panorama in Photoshop
  • Creating a soft glow with grain
  • Creative blurring effects
  • Painting essentials
  • Type and layer effects
  • Working with artboards and libraries
  • Quickly exporting images
  • Sharing images to social media
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October 5, 2016

The Clone Stamp and Healing Brush in Photoshop CC 

While working on images from Antarctica, I used the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush constantly, but found it distracting to see the sampling point icon each time I tapped with my pressure sensitive pen. While I realize this might otherwise be helpful, because I was constantly resetting the source point based on the contents of the image, I knew where the sample point would be and, as a result, wanted to hide it.


Be default, the sampling point icon (crosshair) is displayed while cloning and healing.

Command + H (Mac) | Control + H (Win) toggles the View > Extras feature to hide the sampling point icon.


Toggling View > Extras, hides the sampling point icon while cloning and healing.

Note, the first time you use this shortcut on the Mac, Photoshop will display a dialog asking “Would you like to use Command + H to hide Photoshop (Mac standard), or to hide/show selections, guides, etc. (Photoshop traditional)? Click “Hide Extras” unless you want to “Hide Photoshop” every time you use the shortcut. If you do choose to “Hide Photoshop”, you can change this behavior later by choosing Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Set the “Shortcuts For” to Application Menus and toggle the disclosure triangle for the View menu. Scroll down to Extras, change the Shortcut back to Command + H and click Accept and then OK.

Often when using the Clone Stamp tool, I would also unchecked the Show Overlay option in the Clone Stamp panel (this hides the preview of the source content in the brush preview). Holding Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) to temporarily display the overlay when you need to see it.

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November 23, 2015

Heal and Clone Between Documents in Photoshop

You can use the Healing Brush and Clone Stamp tools between two open documents: Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click in the source document and then clone in the destination document.

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December 15, 2010

Using the Clone Stamp Tool

When using the Clone Stamp tool, we know to Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click to set the sample point and then position the cursor over the area to be removed and click (drag, paint etc.) to remove it. However, aligning the tool over the exact area can be difficult (especially when trying to match patterns and lines). Here are a few shortcuts that may help:

• In the Clone Stamp panel, be sure to have both “Show Overlay” (to preview your sampled source) and  “Clipped” (to only display the source within the brush) checked.

• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + Arrow Keys (left, right, up and down) to nudge the Clone Source (move the X and Y offset).

• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + < or > to rotate the Clone Source.

• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + { or } to transform the Clone Source (set the W and H scale).

And don’t forget that Vanishing Point also has a Clone tool for times when you need to clone in perspective.

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September 3, 2010

Painting Straight Lines

To paint a straight line, hold the shift key while dragging a stroke. Or, click once with a painting tool, then release the mouse, hold the shift key and click again to draw a straight line between the two points.

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December 25, 2009

Multiple Clone Source Points

Using the Clone Source panel allows for multiple source points to be set within the same document. This can be very useful when trying to sample from multiple areas. To quickly move from one source point to another, set up your own custom keyboard shortcuts using the Keyboard Shortcut Editor (Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts).

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December 23, 2009

Cloning to a Second Document

Cloning isn’t limited to one document. If you have multiple images open Option (Mac) /Alt (Win) -click in the source document, then clone into any open document. Note: there are certain rules that do apply – for example, the files need to be the same bit depth and color space.

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December 22, 2009

Transforming while Cloning

Although cloning in perspective is most easily accomplished using the Vanishing Point feature, there are several other types of transformations that can be made when cloning using the options in the Clone Source panel. For example, you can choose to offset the cloned information by a certain value, change the width and height, and change the angle. here are the corresponding keyboard shortcuts:
Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + left/right arrow keys move the clone source.
Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + will rotate the clone source.
Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + [ or ] will scale (increase or reduce size) the clone source.

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December 21, 2009

Previewing Cloning and Healing

When cloning in previous versions of Photoshop, it was often difficult to align an area containing a repeating pattern (such as a picket fence or a brick wall). The work-around was to add a new (empty) layer and (with the Clone Stamp tool selected) check the option “Use All Layers” on the Options bar. This enabled the cloning information (from the other layers) onto the empty layer and then, if necessary repositioning the layer to align the information.
In PSCS4, the Clone Stamp panel added the ability to display and overlay of the sampled area “Clipped” to the size of the brush making it much easier to align the information to be cloned to the original layer. And you can still cone to an empty layer and select what you want to sample – “Current Layer”, “Current and Below” or “All Layers” from the Options bar.
If you prefer to uncheck the “Clipped” option on the Clone Source Panel, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift will temporarily display the overlay.
In addition, checking the Show Overlay option and unchecking the “Clipped” option in the Clone Stamp panel displays all of the contents of the information set as the source – (which might be very helpful when working with video and “onion skinning” from one frame to another).
Finally, if you do decide to check the option to Show Overlay and don’t choose to check the Clipped option, it might be helpful to check the Auto Hide option – this will show the source information (to be cloned) as you align its position, but as you start to clone, the source information is hidden yet will be displayed as you mouse-up.

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November 13, 2009

Heal and Clone Stamp to Multiple Layers

For added flexibility, use the Healing Brush and Clone Stamp tools to clone to blank layers by checking Sample “All Layers” in the Options bar. In addition, you can choose to Sample the “Current & Below” layers. This can be extremely helpful when cloning image layers and adjustment layer information simultaneously.

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November 12, 2009

Heal and Clone Between Documents

You can use the Healing brush and Clone Stamp tools between two open documents: Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click in the source document and then clone in the destination document.

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November 11, 2009

Healing Brush and Replace Mode

Using the Healing brush with the blending mode set to Replace makes it behave like the Clone Stamp tool (in that it doesn’t automatically try to blend color or tonality of the source and destination), with one advantage: if you’re trying to clone high frequency image information, the edges of the cloned area will not appear soft as they do with the Clone Stamp tool.

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September 21, 2009

Video Tutorial – Top 10 Little-Known Features in Photoshop CS4

In this video tutorial, Julienne Kost covers the top 10 little-known features in Photoshop CS4 that can make a huge difference in the way you work.

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August 6, 2008

Video Tutorial – Creative Retouching Techniques and Edge Effects in Photoshop

In this training video, you will discover how to to completely change the look and feel of a photograph with some simple retouching, creative adjustments, and the addition of edges and texture.

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