Photoshop Tutorial – Cloning Stamp – How Not to Use It



http://www.TheArtofRetouching.com – If you want to learn everything about the subject of cloning, head over to links.theartofretouching.com/cloning which is over an hour and 40 minutes.

I’m going to show you how I use the Clone Stamp Tool, however before I do that I’m going to show you how I don’t actually use it. Like many of the photoshop options, the more advanced it gets, the harder it becomes to learn. In this video, I go through all the different options, checkboxes, and pull down menus.

When you click on the icon in the tool palette it will bring up Clone Stamp Tool, and Pattern Stamp Tool. The Pattern Stamp Tool I never use. I’ll show you how that works, then explain why I don’t like it. When you click on the palette up top, you can select a pattern. You then paint using the pattern. If you click there and go off to the side you can then select a different group of patterns, which you have then to choose from.

I really have difficultly seeing where this would be good, however it is possible that if you do something like this and then go under Filter — Distort — maybe Ocean Ripple or something, it does put enough of a distortion on that pattern to stop it from being an exact pattern. Then maybe there’s a reflection in the water. Something like that is possible, but for true retouching it’s not something I’m going to be using.

I will go back to where I was. I’m going to go to the Clone Stamp Tool. Again, I’m going to show you how I don’t use it. I do not use this Clone Source. It does have some functionality, but it’s not something that I can really justify, except perhaps maybe one function in it.

Along the top it has five of these icons. These five icons are used to set different points. If I click there and hold down the ALT, or the OPTION key on a Mac, I’ll click there. I can then make an exact duplicate of where the cursor on one side, currently on the left, makes a copy on the right. If I click the second one, and I click a secondary point it then does the exact same thing on the new point, however if I go back to the first point it then picks up where the first one was. Then I click the second one and it picks up where the second one was.

Essentially it jumps back and forth so you can create up to five different set points. When I’m working I’m working on one at a time. I see no reason to actually need to use that.

Another functionality in here is the Flip Horizontal, where if I set that there it does the opposite. Do you see how the cursor is going in the opposite direction of where I’m going? It’s creating a mirror image. I see no purpose in that. To do true retouching I’m sure that somebody somewhere uses that, but I certainly do not.

Down here is a Flip Vertical, which I can see having some purpose. For example, if I click the top of the building and then come along this way you can create a mirror image, perhaps like an ocean view, or something like that. Now that I can see. I can see you using something like that; push comes to shove.

Lock Frame is used for animation and video, so it’s not something that you need to worry about, as well as these other functionality, I don’t use. But in this case you can change the opacity of the cloning that you’re doing, as well as if you’re working on a layer, then what you’re working on can be dark and light in difference.

Since everything I do is working on layers, and I manipulate the layer and not the tool, I wouldn’t use any of this stuff. When I do my actual cloning I don’t use this tool at all. It is completely irrelevant to me, this palette right there.

Ff you found this useful and would like to learn more you can go to http://www.theartofretouching.com There will be a follow-up tutorial on using the Clone Stamp Tool in a much more advanced function, where we will be doing retouching on a model’s face, body, and background, and everything else.

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