Retouching Photographs

Help Center Advanced Adobe Photoshop Retouching Photographs

Cloning Part of an Image

The Clone Stamp tool (Clone Stamp Tool) samples part of an image and then allows you to apply that area of the image over another image, or a different part of the same image. Each stroke of the tool paints on more of the sample. When you click on the Clone Stamp tool, you will see the toolbar shown here.

Clone Options

The Cloning Process

  1. Select the Clone Stamp tool (S).
  2. Set a location where you will clone from, the "source." With the Clone Stamp tool selected, hold down the (Windows) or (Mac OS) key and click on your picture. When choosing your source, your cursor should look like this: Cursor.
  3. Next, choose your destination area and begin painting with the Clone Stamp tool, as in the example below.
Clone Stamp Tool Example

Other Retouching Tools

The Healing Brush Tool

The Healing Brush tool corrects imperfections, blending them into the surrounding parts of the image. Like the Clone Stamp tool, you use the Healing Brush tool to paint with sampled pixels from an image or pattern. However, the Healing Brush tool also matches the texture, lighting, and shading of the sampled pixels to the source pixels. As a result, the repaired pixels blend seamlessly into the rest of the image.

  1. Select the Healing Brush tool (healing brush tool or J) from the toolbox.
  2. Pick the point that you want heal away by holding down the (Windows) or (Mac OS) key and clicking on the image.
  3. Brush the defect slowly so that you don't make big mistakes.

Heal example

The Patch Tool

The Patch tool repairs a selected area with pixels from another area or a pattern. Like the Healing Brush tool, the Patch tool matches the texture, lighting, and shading of the sampled pixels to the source pixels (in this way, it's rather like a combination between the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush tools). You can also use the Patch tool to clone isolated areas of an image.

  1. Select the Patch tool (Patch Tool). Holding while continually pressing J will cycle through similar tools.
  2. Make sure that the Source radio button in the toolbar is selected.
  3. Draw a line around the area that you want to repair.
  4. Click and hold down the mouse button within the repair area, and drag the mouse until a more appropriate part of the image appears in that space.
  5. Let go of the mouse button. The area should now be patched.
Before After

If you choose the Destination option rather than the Source option, you will draw a line around a good portion of your image and drag that piece to cover the area that you want to repair (to literally "patch" an area).

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