Clone Stamp Tool
Version: 6.0, 7.0, CS, CS2, CS3
Scanning your prints or negatives is a
great way to convert existing pictures into
digital, but sometimes during the process
you pick up a few unwanted dust marks as
well as the picture details.
Or maybe when you photographed
your mother you did not realize that the
electricity pole in the background would
look like it is protruding from her head in
your picture. Removing or changing these
parts of an image is a basic skill needed by
all digital photographers and Photoshop
contains just the tool to help eliminate
these unwanted areas.
Called the Clone Stamp tool (or sometimes
the Rubber Stamp tool), the feature selects
and samples an area of your picture and
then uses these pixels to paint over the
offending marks. It takes a little getting
used to, but as your confidence grows so
too will the quality of your repairs and
There are several ways to use the tool.
For starters it acts like a brush so you
can change the size, allowing cloning
from just one pixel wide to hundreds.
You can change the opacity to produce
a subtle clone effect. You can select any
one of the options from the Blend menu.
And, most importantly, thereís a choice
between Clone align or Clone non-align
the sample area.