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Image editing tutorial - Clone brush

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For this tutorial I have used Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, however most of the methods and tools that I have used are common to many other image editing programs, so you should have no problems following this tutorial in recent versions of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Ulead PhotoImpact or earlier versions of Elements, as well as several others. Where a method is unique to Elements 5 I’ve noted so in the text.

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The Clone Stamp tool(or Clone Brush in some programs) is one of the most useful tools in any image editing program. It can be used to remove unwanted elements from photographs such as dust spots, skin blemishes or even major elements of a scene, by copying pixels from one area to another and placing them over the offending objects.

Using the Clone Stamp in Photoshop Elements 5, along with a bit of copying and pasting, it relatively easy to remove even quite large objects, turning a photo like this:

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Into a photo like this:

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As you can see I’ve removed the distracting road sign and streetlamp from the foreground of the photograph, and it only took about ten minutes. Here’s how it’s done.

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