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Tip Tuesday: The Clone Stamp Tool

I meet a lot of photographers who bash photoshop, they think it is the devil to photography or some kind of nonsense like that. Apart from its bad rep photoshop is a great tool to use in any work. When done right it can improve and do wonders for your work. Even if it is subtle. Which is what I am going to show you today!


My favorite tool to use in photoshop is the clone stamp tool. I use this tool when there is something distracting or annoying in a photograph and I want it to go away. Like these stupid little sticks floating around Marg. They drove me insane and I had to get rid of them.

You can find this trusty tool on your PS tool bar on the left and you should see a funny little stamp. That is who you are looking for.


Once you’ve clicked on the stamp tool be sure to zoom in on the area you want to clone (don’t zoom too far in because you want to make sure that you can see if your mistakes are obvious.)

Hold down alt-option key and click in a clear area right next to where you are trying to cover up. A weird target like circle should appear and when you release the option key start to paint/click the area you are attempting to cover up.

This is a tool to easily fix little distractions in your photos!