Adding Texture with the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop

Dateline: December 8, 2005
Version: Photoshop CS2

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Using Photoshop’s Clone Stamp tool (at one time called the Rubber Stamp tool), you can do exactly what its name implies: clone or copy portions of a photo. You can then reapply or 'paint' the cloned photo textures repeatedly onto any part of an illustration to add realism. The size of the area copied depends on the size of the brush that’s selected from the Brush Preset Picker. A smaller brush provides you with more accuracy and control. Work with small sections at a time.
For our fireside chat, the flat brick fireplace, warm fire and lazy lounge chair get a variety of textures that add visual appeal to the overall illustration. To add colored textures to any image, this tool certainly gets a stamp of approval. Begin by downloading the clonestamp.zip archive (10MB) and extract the four files it contains.

Launch Photoshop. Open the file fireside.psd and press F7 to show the Layers palette. Select the Background Layer. Select the Magic Wand tool (W) Use the options in the resulting Options bar, shown at left. Click a yellow brick. Choose Select > Similar.
Select the Clone Stamp tool (S). In the resulting Options bar, use the options shown at left and click the Brush button to open the Brush Preset Picker. Select the Hard Round 19 pixels brush and change its size to 30 pixels. Click the Brush button again to close the picker.
Open the file rocks.tif file. Press Option and click anywhere on the stone wall. Return to fireside.psd and paint over one of the bricks to “color” it with the photo texture. Continue to Option-click different sections of the stone wall photo to add a variety of textures to the bricks. When you have finished, close the stone wall photo and return to the fireside.psd file. Choose Select > Deselect (Command + D).
Using the Magic Wand tool (W), click the fire to select it. Select the Clone Stamp tool (S). Use the options in the resulting Options bar.
Open the file fire.tif. Press Option and click the left hand side of the photo. Return to fireside.psd and beginning on the left side of the flame, paint over the fire to “color” it with the photo texture. When you have finished, close the fire photo and return to fireside.psd. Choose Select > Deselect (Command + D).
Select Layer 1. Using the Magic Wand tool (W), click the chaise lounge to select it. Select the Clone Stamp tool (S). Use the options in the resulting Options bar.
Open file cloth.tif. Press Option and click the top right corner of the photo. Return to fireside.psd and beginning at the top right corner of the chair, paint over the chaise lounge to “color” it with the photo texture. Paint over it a second time to darken the texture. When you have finished, close the drop cloth photo and return to file fireside.psd. Choose Select > Deselect (Command + D).
You're done. The final image is shown at left.

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