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While many of us may use the clone stamp tool in our every day repair usage, not many of us know about the benefits of the clone source panel. The clone source panel can really turn your clone stamp usage into a power user tip. We're going to go to the Window menu and access Clone Source. This will pop out a new panel called the Clone Source panel. It's broken up into three pieces. First we have multiple resources so we can actually designate up to five different resources. For instance this shirt can be a source.
The background of the plant can be a source. And I can switch between sources without having to redesignate them every single time. Down below I have transformation controls for the clone stamp tool. I have horizontal and vertical flip so I can take for example, this tag and flip it horizontally if I need to, or vertically. I also have width and height control, so I can go through and scale appropriately as needed. In this case, what we're going to do, is I'm going to take a source to try and remove this little hair, right here.
And as I go through, if I take a regular clone source without doing anything, you can see how it doesn't quite match up perfectly with the rest of the shirt. So instead, I'm going to use the rotate feature to go through and rotate this. To make this easier, I'm just going to click my cursor in the Rotate command, then move back out to my image. And using my up and down arrow keys, I can rotate this until it matches up. Now I use a larger preview by increasing my brush size. And then when I'm ready, I'm going to reduce it back down to an appropriate size, and paint it in.
And then blend out the background. To achieve the desired results. The other options down below are Show Overlay and a lot of people are confused with this. Show Overlay actually hides the preview which is not very beneficial when you're doing retouching so we should leave that on whenever possible. Clipped is actually what you are seeing in the center of your brush, when you take a selection and you start to move this around, you'll see a clipped image in the center of your brush. When I uncheck this, it actually moves the entire image So I can see where the whole image is moving, but it covers up my entire picture.
So, on top of that if I turn Clipped off, I want to change my opacity to 50% so I can try and match this up whenever I'm moving along. But a lot of people look at this and find it confusing having the whole image move with the cursor so we normally leave Clipped on as well. Auto hide will hide the brush as we start to paint and invert will actually give us a reverse so we can actually match up precisely the texture range inside of the shirt.
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