View Full Version : Could someone please explain the clone stamp tool?

10-31-2003, 11:40 PM
I just can't get the hang of the clone stamp tool (I'm using Photoshop 6.0). As far as I can see, all it does is shift the image about 10-20 pixels when I paint. If I were to paint over the entire canvas after doing the little 'clone' thing I'd have the same exact image just moved diagonally down 10 or so pixels. How am I supposed to use it? It's been sitting there just taunting me ever since it was installed. :curious:

11-01-2003, 12:16 AM
Is clone stamp diff from rubber stamp? I don't remember. But here's what I use the rubber stamp for ....

Anyhow, when I use it, I usually use it to correct color blotch irregularities on photos (e.g., pimples, scars, etc). Pressing alt and then clicking on the wanted color blotch copies that section. Then I stamp over the areas of bad color, the pimples usually, and it just kinda blends the skin nicely on photos. This same thing works w/ most any other images too.

11-01-2003, 04:20 AM
Thanks for replying singularity2006. :)

Here's what's going on when I do it:

-Let's say I try and clone the part right above the eye in this picture:

-And then I try and paint with it in the area shown in this picture:

What happened? Am I only able to just click it once rather than actually paint with it? I don't really have a use for the tool, but I would still like to know how to use it just in case I might need it...

-I'm confused to say the least.

11-01-2003, 05:02 AM
ah, ur clone stamp is too big. The clone stamp is generally for smaller objects, dobs and such. U can just as easily use the lasso tool, select that hair, feather, and copy again. When u have a rectangular marquee and set that as ur cloned item, it basically does just that except it uses the dimensions of ur selection to select, feather, and clone.

11-01-2003, 02:39 PM
Have a look at

there's a nice step by step tutorial about the clone tool.


11-01-2003, 05:53 PM
the clone stamp is great to paint things away, while keeping some color and texture. the trick is to set the region you clone (alt-click) often while doing so.

11-01-2003, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the help! :beer:

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