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Using the Clone Stamp

Photoshop’s Clone Stamp tool is a thousand times better than a spotting brush, because it can use as its “color” actual pixels from elsewhere in your image or in another image. It’s also more useful than manual compositing techniques, because it’s easy to blend cloned pixels in with their surroundings, either realistically, or in an abstract way for an artistic effect, like the one shown in Figure 3.1. We use this tool extensively in the retouching and compositing chapters, but here’s an overview that will introduce you to this remarkable aide.

Figure 3.1. The flower on the right is the original bloom; the one on the left has been cloned, not biologically, but by using Photoshop



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