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Cloning to an empty layer

From: Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop

Video: Cloning to an empty layer

Several of Photoshop's tools can actually work nondestructively, including all of the cloning and healing tools. All you need to do is take the advantage of some specialized modes and an empty layer. I'm going to go ahead and make a new layer here and I am going to name this Clone. I can now zoom in and start to remove some things that I don't want to leave in the image. I want to hide and minimize this hook. With my Clone Stamp tool I can Option+Click or Alt+Click to set the source point. And then up here make sure that I switch to All Layers.

Cloning to an empty layer

Several of Photoshop's tools can actually work nondestructively, including all of the cloning and healing tools. All you need to do is take the advantage of some specialized modes and an empty layer. I'm going to go ahead and make a new layer here and I am going to name this Clone. I can now zoom in and start to remove some things that I don't want to leave in the image. I want to hide and minimize this hook. With my Clone Stamp tool I can Option+Click or Alt+Click to set the source point. And then up here make sure that I switch to All Layers.

This means that are its going to sample all layers in the document. We can now sample and brush and I'm able to hide that eyelid. You'll notice it's on its own layer, so it can easily be turned off and on, and this makes it simple to touch up or blend from multiple sources. Let's zoom back out, and I'm going to do same over here. With the Zoom tool, we'll zoom in on that eyelid, ask for Clone Stamp, Alt+Click or Option+Click. There we go! Same thing over here, Option+Click or Alt+Click. And that's on its own layer, so it's easy to turn off and on and view my changes. We'll zoom on out, and as we take a look at so over these other tools here, you'll notice for example, that the Healing Brush also has the Sample All Layers Option.

So it becomes very easy to touch up. If I want to remove to blemish here, I'll switch on over to the standard Healing Brush. I'll set that to All Layers, Alt+Click or Option+Click to set my source point, and I can remove blemishes and have it blend in. Alt+Click or Option+Click, and remove, and again, all nondestructive to its own target layers, so you can minimize distracting elements within the photo.

Using the All Layers Option gives you great control and frees up several tools that normally are destructive to behave in a new way. By targeting an empty layer, you will have much more flexibility, and it's a lot easier to show your client what you did to fix the photo.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      34s
  2. 9m 20s
    1. Setting the environment
      2m 37s
    2. Performing triage
      4m 51s
    3. Getting a fresh opinion
      1m 52s
  3. 9m 33s
    1. Working with a copy of the image
      1m 23s
    2. Converting layers to Smart Objects
      2m 4s
    3. Cloning to an empty layer
      2m 33s
    4. Using adjustment layers
      1m 29s
    5. Creating a new document from the current state
      2m 4s
  4. 14m 27s
    1. Exploring essential raw adjustments
      3m 3s
    2. Opening a raw file as a Smart Object
      2m 8s
    3. Recovering skies
      3m 12s
    4. Performing selective adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Re-editing a raw file
      2m 6s
  5. 19m 6s
    1. Fixing exposure with a Levels adjustment layer
      1m 41s
    2. Speeding up with an Auto Levels adjustment
      1m 7s
    3. Saving time with Auto Tone and Auto Contrast
      1m 37s
    4. Reading the Histogram panel
      2m 38s
    5. Removing a color cast with a Levels adjustment layer
      1m 43s
    6. Fixing exposure with a Curves adjustment layer
      1m 45s
    7. Refining a Curves adjustment layer using the On-Image tool
      1m 54s
    8. Adjusting hue and saturation
      2m 31s
    9. Boosting color with a Vibrance adjustment layer
      2m 20s
    10. Using adjustment presets
      1m 50s
  6. 10m 24s
    1. Using the Color Range command
      3m 9s
    2. Controlling adjustment layers with masks
      2m 33s
    3. Clipping adjustment layers
      1m 21s
    4. Blending adjustment layers
      3m 21s
  7. 9m 52s
    1. Applying the Shadow/Highlights command to a Smart Object
      3m 41s
    2. Adjusting shadows and highlights in a raw image
      4m 18s
    3. Refining the Shadow/Highlights command
      1m 53s
  8. 11m 14s
    1. Using the Equalize command to fix exposure and contrast
      1m 49s
    2. Using Match Color with two photos
      2m 2s
    3. Adjusting color and exposure with the Photo Filter command
      1m 29s
    4. Tinting with the Gradient Map adjustment
      2m 25s
    5. Blending Smart Filters
      1m 43s
    6. Using color lookup tables to process images
      1m 46s
  9. 5m 14s
    1. Creating black-and-white images
      1m 41s
    2. Combining Black & White adjustment layers with blend modes
      1m 32s
    3. Hand-tinting a photo
      2m 1s
  10. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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