Photoshop #5: Clearing Things Up Using Stamp Tool


Clearing Thigs Up Using Clone Stamp Tool

There are many cool features of Photoshop, but Clone Stamp Tool is probably the closest thing to pure magic there is.
Let’s see it in action first, and then I’ll tell you how it works:

Ok, that was not a nice thing to do, but it illustrates the point.

Clone Stamp Tool lets you paint over the image, using other parts of the image as your brush!

By using this tool, you can make things “disappear” by painting over them using, as your source, the parts of the image around them. This technique is very often used in fashion photography to smooth the skin and similar effects, but can be extremely useful for architectural images, too.

Stamp Tool, Step By STep

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Select Clone Stamp Tool (obviously).
  2. Create a new layer: we want to paint in new layer to avoid permanently “messing up” the original image.
  3. In the options, you can define brush size, shape and hardness. Usually “blurred” brushes work better.
  4. Hold ALT key and click on the part of the image you want to use as source. You will see a little Cross appear.
  5. Then (without ALT key!) click and drag to paint over. See how “Cross” moves in parallel to what you are doing.
  6. You usually want to draw a selection around the parts of the image you want to delete, but it’s not necessary.

Here’s this in a video:

Try this tool, it will come in really handy in many situations, for example, for making grass “stand out”  (by using a fancy grass brush that comes with Photoshop):

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