The Clone Stamp is a tool in Adobe Photoshop that allows you to copy an exact detail from one part of an image to another by “painting” with existing pixels. Graphic designers and digital photographers often use this tool to hide or fix parts of a photo in post-production. Edits made with the Clone Stamp are usually less noticeable and more natural-looking than some other Photoshop tools.
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The instructions below demonstrate how to use the Clone Stamp to hide the people who are photographed walking at the back of the trail.
The Clone Stamp can be used in a variety of situations. It’s a great tool for removing distractions or unwanted background elements like trash cans, cars, or people. Some photographers and graphic designers use the Clone Stamp to fine-tune the perceived imperfections of an image, like a tattoo on a model’s arm or an out-of-place hair. Or, if an image contains sensitive information like someone’s address or license plate number, the Clone Stamp can remove those details without adding a bigger distraction to the final image.
Alternatively, the Clone Stamp can also be used to add to an image. The original image in the steps above, for example, had some areas of negative space near the edge. Using the Clone Stamp, we filled in some of those areas with surrounding pixels. This helps add subtle dimension to some of the trees and direct the viewer’s eye to certain parts of the image instead of letting it wander. Compare the original image with the edited one below: