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Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool

One of the things people ask me about all the time is how do I remove an old boyfriend or a lamppost or a hair or some other content for an image? Well, sometimes you can do that using the Healing Brush tool or the Spot Healing Brush tool that I covered in an earlier movie. But sometimes those tools aren't strong enough for the task, because what they do is attempt to blend in the cover- up pixels with the image below, and sometimes the image below will just show through in a way that doesn't completely eliminate content.

Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool

One of the things people ask me about all the time is how do I remove an old boyfriend or a lamppost or a hair or some other content for an image? Well, sometimes you can do that using the Healing Brush tool or the Spot Healing Brush tool that I covered in an earlier movie. But sometimes those tools aren't strong enough for the task, because what they do is attempt to blend in the cover- up pixels with the image below, and sometimes the image below will just show through in a way that doesn't completely eliminate content.

If you find that to be the case, give the Clone Stamp tool a try. I'm going to select the Clone Stamp tool in the toolbar, and then I'm going to go over to the layers panel, and I am going to make a new layer on which to use the Clone Stamp tool, by clicking the Create New layer button at the bottom of the layers panel. I'm going to name this layer, double- clicking its name, and I will call this 'clone', and then press Return, and I'll make sure the Clone layer is selected. Next, I'm going to go out to the Options bar for the Clone Stamp tool, and I want to make sure to check Sample All layers.

What that does is it tells the tool to sample some good pixels from other layers in the file, in this case from the photo on the background layer, but to lay those correcting pixels down on the selected Clone layer. I am also going to go to the mode menu here, and click, and I am going to choose a different formula for blending the correcting pixels that I am going to use to cover up part of this image with the image itself. Let me close that for a minute, so that you can see that what I'm going to try to do is to remove this dog from the beach.

And the dog is darker than the surrounding waves and sand, so I'm going to change the mode menu to Lighten, because that's what I want to do is lighten this area to remove the dog. I am also going to go to this menu in the Options bar, Show Selected Brush presets. I want to be sure to use a relatively hard-edged brush for this purpose. So I'm going to select one of the hard round brushes here, and then I'll click the X. Now I'm ready to use the Clone Stamp tool. So I am going to move into the image, and I'm going to place my mouse over the dog that I want to eliminate, and I am going to use the right bracket key on my keyboard to make the brush tip just a little bit bigger than that dog.

Then I'm going to move off to the right of the dog, putting a brush tip over the pixels that I want a sample to hide the dog. I'll hold down the Option key, and that changes the cursor to this target icon, and I'll click to sample some pixels, and then I'll release. Now I'm going to carefully move to the left staying in line with my target point, and when I get over the dog, I'll click. You can see that with a single click, I've managed to eliminate the dog from the photo. Going back over to the layers panel, I'm going to hold the Option key as I click on the eye icon to the left of the Clone layer, and you can see there, the pixels that I laid down that are covering up the dog.

I'll Option click again on the eye icon to the left of the Clone layer, and then I am just going to click on that eye icon to make the Clone layer temporarily invisible, so you can see that the dog is still there on the background layer below. He's just being covered up by the pixels that I laid down on the Clone layer. Then I'll click in the Visibility Field of the Clone layer again. So that's how to set up and use the Clone Stamp tool to remove unwanted content from your images.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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