The clone stamp tool is one of the easiest ways to quickly fix any problems you might have with extractions or photographs that you take where something is missing or does not look the way it should.
In this example, I am going to show you how I used the clone stamp tool to fix the green edges in the flower I extracted using our Photoshop Elements Extractions Tutorial.
Step 1: Duplicate the Layer You Are Working With & Create a Clipping Mask
Since my extracted item has perfectly smooth edges, I’m going to want to keep it that way, and the best way to do this is to create a new layer with a clipping mask that is going to keep the shape of our original. If you’re using a photograph that hasn’t been extracted, it’s always good practice to duplicate layers, but you won’t need to worry about creating a clipping mask.
Step 2: Choose the Clone Stamp Tool
Step 3: Select the area to Clone
With the clone stamp tool, you will want to pick a part of the item that matches what you want the part you are fixing to look like. For example, with my flower I had green edges that were showing from the background, so I simply selected an orange place.
To select a spot, press the “alt” key on your keyboard and click on it. Now, anywhere you click from now on will match that area you defined.
Step 4: Click the areas that need corrected
Once I defined my clone stamp, I simply went around the edges and clicked on any parts that were green. If the clone stamp doesn’t match where you are cloning, simply hit undo and define a new area that does match what you want it to look like.
Step 5: Merge Layers Together Once Finished
Once you have your new layer looking the way you want it to, simply merge the two together and you’ve successfully learned how to clone stamp!
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