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Retouching Images

Some people make their living doing one thing only: retouching photographs. Although some tasks are complicated and require masterful re-creations of elements in a photo, many retouching jobs simply require getting rid of a few scratches or a stain. Others require removing a person from a photo or restoring an aged and cracked photo to pristine quality. In either case, Photoshop has several tools you can use to assist in the task.

The Clone Stamp Tool

Probably the most popular retouching tool of all time, the Clone Stamp tool does what its name implies. You sample one area of your image and then paint with the tool elsewhere. As you paint, a clone of the area that you sampled is painted in the new location. For example, you could sample a single flower and then create many more of them in your photo (see Figure 5.101).


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