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Chapter 6. Fixing and Retouching Photos > Using the Clone Stamp Tool

Using the Clone Stamp Tool

The Clone Stamp tool will quickly become one of your favorite tools, not just for cleaning up and restoring photographs, but for any number of special effects and enhancements. It works on the simple principle of copying and duplicating (cloning) image pixels from one part of an image to another. But rather than creating a hard-edged patch of pixels, the Clone Stamp tool applies the duplicated pixels with a soft-edged, resizable brush. This brush lets you create nearly seamless transitions between your original image and the cloned patch (Figure 6.15). The Clone Stamp tool is ideal for repairing tears or scratches in photographs, but can also be used to add or delete objects in your photograph. For example, you can create a hedgerow out of one small bush, or remove telephone lines from an otherwise perfect, blue sky.

Figure 6.15. After a little practice, you can easily repair a variety of imperfections with the Clone tool. In this photo, the original image is scratched (left), but after cloning and stamping a clear portion of the background, the scratches disappear (right).



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