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If you're familiar with cloning in Photoshop, the Clone Stamp tool in After Effects works in a similar fashion. It samples pixels from one part of a layer and copies them to another part. If you are still following along, I have closed the Compositions from the previous movie. If you have the project file, open Composition 03-Cloning*starter. We have two layers in this composition. The first layer, miscellaneous splats, is just a series of marks we made with India ink and then we scanned it in and applied the tint.
The second layer is a series of watercolor images. If I turn off Frame Blending, you can see that it's a series of images that have been sequenced together. These are sections caught from a larger image. When Frame Blending is enabled and you RAM preview, you can see the images are blended together. This is an inexpensive way of making interesting backgrounds. To practice using the Clone Stamp tool, we will concentrate on layer number 1. So let's double-click it to open it in the Layer panel.
Just like with the Paint and Eraser tools, all cloning is done in the Layer panel. We will use the Clone Stamp tool to add some more ink splats to this image. Select the Clone Stamp tool and that will automatically open the Paint and Brushes panels if they are not already open. You should be pretty familiar with these panels by now so I want you to focus mostly on the Clone Options. The Paint and Brushes panels will be set to whatever values you use the last time you use this tool. So I will check that Opacity is at 100 %, mode is set to Normal, Channels is set to RGB Alpha, and Duration is set to Constant.
Note that you don't need the foreground and background colors when you are cloning.
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