Clone Stamp

Updated: 11/06/2021 by Computer Hope
Illustration: Using the Photoshop clone stamp tool.

Clone Stamp is a tool in Adobe Photoshop. It's similar to a standard Photoshop paintbrush, but instead of a flat color, it paints pixels from another section of the current layer. It can retouch an image, remove imperfections or watermarks, or "doctor" photographic images. For example, to remove people from the background of your photo, you can "paint over them." To do so, you can clone another, similar part of the image, and use that picture data like the paintbrush.

How to use the Clone Stamp tool

  1. Make sure the correct layer is selected in the Layers panel.
  2. Select the Clone Stamp Clone Stamp tool icon from the toolbar.
  3. Move your cursor over the area you want to clone.
  4. Select the area using Alt+Left Click in Windows, or Option+Click in macOS.
  5. Choose the correct brush size using the square bracket keys ( [ ] ).
  6. Paint over the desired area by clicking and dragging with the brush.

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