Most Photoshop users are familiar with using the Clone Stamp Tool. It’s great for duplicating an object in an image, or for removing a defect or unwanted item from an image. It does this by copying pixels from one area of the image and applying an exact duplicate of those pixels to another area of the image.
But what if you don’t want to clone an exact duplicate? What if you want to create different size copies of that flower in your photo? Or what if you want the new flowers you create to be tilted at different angles? Well, the Clone Stamp Tool can help you with these more complex situations too! And in some situations, this capability can come in handy when processing your images for microstock.
To access the additional parameters that are available for the Clone Stamp Tool, open the Clone Source panel by going to the Window menu drop down and selecting Clone Source. Here’s what the panel looks like:
Here are 3 useful things you can do from this panel:
- You can scale the source that you’re cloning by changing the W (Width) and H (Height) values. For example, if you want to make a copy of a flower in you’re image, but you only want it to be half the size of the original, then you would input 50% for both the W and H values.
- You can rotate the source that you’re cloning by changing the Angle Degrees value to something other than 0.0 degrees. For example, if your image has a standing bowling pin, and you want to create one right next to it that’s lying down, then you might input a value of 90 degrees. Changing the angle is also useful for making cloning less obvious when your using it to remove unwanted objects or cleaning up a small area such as the face in a portrait.
- You can reverse the direction of the source that you’re cloning (this one is only available in CS5 or later) by clicking the Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical buttons. This is useful for mirroring items, such as eyes.
I find that I use these clone parameters most often when I need to remove logos from circular or angled items, most commonly from car and bicycle tires. By setting the correct angle, I can more easily make my way around the tire replacing logo pixels with “clean” tire pixels.
Have fun experimenting with these enhanced capabilities of the Clone Stamp Tool, and see how you might incorporate this skill into your personal editing toolbox.
How have you used these Clone Stamp Tool features? Leave a comment below to let us know.