Most designers use the clone stamp tool when an image contains unwanted elements. We want to remove parts of a photo and we are able to do so by multiplying (or cloning) another element in the photograph. The clone stamp tool allows an artist to edit a photo very easily in Photoshop.
Our tutorial will use the clone stamp tool to close the open windows in this building background.
Step one: Open our file in Photoshop. In this image we see a lot of the windows in the background are either open or close. This distracts from the main subject – the wedding gown – and we want these windows to instead blend in (be uniformly closed).
Step two: Duplicate the background layer by right clicking on the layer [background] image and selecting duplicate layer.
Step three: Click on the Current layer on the option bar for clone stamp tool. This applies any changes onto the new layer we just created (not on all layers or below it).
Step 4: Click on the Clone stamp tool on the left tool panel.
Step five: Now let’s pick one area where we want to make changes. First, we’ll need to get a copy or source for the clone area. Try zooming in by pressing Ctrl++ or Command++ or zoom out by holding Ctrl+- or Command+-
Step six: When you have selected a good spot to clone, hold the Alt key – this changes the cursor to a crosshair. Click on the area we want to copy + release the alt key. Note that the clone tool is like tracing out the original copy of one image to another layer. From our wedding photo, we want to close all the blinds.
You can adjust the size and hardness of the brush tool.
Now start cloning all those unwanted elements out of your image. It will take some time getting used to especially if you are clone stamping from a very small area. But with practice you will be creating extraordinary graphics.