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Cloning

The Clone Stamp tool is used to clone imagery from one layer to another within the same image, or to clone imagery from one image to another.

To clone areas in the same image:

1.
Choose the Clone Stamp tool (S or Shift-S).

2.
On the Clone Stamp tool options bar :


The options bar for the Clone Stamp tool


Click the Brush picker arrowhead, then click a brush whose size is appropriate for the area you want to clone.

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Choose a blending Mode.

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Choose an Opacity percentage.

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Set the Flow percentage to control the rate of application.

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Check Aligned to create a single, uninterrupted clone from the same source point; you can release the mouse and drag in another area, or even switch modes or brushes between strokes . Or uncheck Aligned to create repetitive clones from the same source point; in this case, the crosshair pointer will return to the same source point each time you release the mouse .


Drag the mouse where you want the clone to appear. To produce this illustration, the Aligned option was turned on for the Clone Stamp tool.



Uncheck the Aligned option for the Clone Stamp tool to create multiple clones from the same source point.


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Check Use All Layers to sample pixels from all currently visible layers that you Alt-click/Option-click over. Or uncheck Use All Layers to sample pixels from the current layer only.

3.
Optional: To apply the cloning in an airbrush style, click the Airbrush icon.

4.
On the Layers palette, choose the layer that you want to clone from.

5.
In the image window, Alt-click/Option-click the area of the layer you want to clone from, to establish a source point. Don’t click a transparent part of a layer—there will be nothing to clone.

6.
On the same layer, drag the mouse back and forth where you want the clone to appear.

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Choose or create another layer, then drag the mouse. Two pointers will appear on the screen: a crosshair pointer over the source point and a Clone Stamp pointer (or Brush Size pointer) where you drag the mouse. Imagery from the source point will appear where the mouse is dragged, and it will replace any underlying pixels.

Note: If the “Lock transparent pixels” button is selected on the Layers palette, the cloned imagery will replace only existing pixels.

7.
Optional: To establish a new source point to clone from, Alt-click/Option-click a different area in the source image.


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