The Clone Tool works exactly the same in Photoshop and Photoshop
Elements but there are some extra features in CS3 and CS4 - more
about that later.
probably because what it does (move pixels from here to there) is so
amazing and fun as well.
For some reason they seem to like
removing an eye or adding a third eye - heck - I did it as well.
tool is used to either remove something from a picture or move
something within a picture or move something from one picture to
another or move something from one layer to another.
Using the tool successfully is more than just setting a source point
and blasting away.
Brute force cloning is seldom successful and generally looks bad.
This tool has pressure sensitivity built in
when you have a Wacom Tablet installed and this makes all the
difference as you will see.
Things You Need To Know
- this is where you are taking information (pixels) from to put them
somewhere else. The source point is set
by ALT-Clicking or
ALT-Tapping if you are using a Wacom Tablet. When you press
ALT key the cursor turns into a circle
with a cross in the middle.
you are working make sure you change the source regularly and always be
very careful that the color of the source is as close as possible to
the color of the destination.
- this is where the pixels are going to end up.
if this check box is not checked then every time you release the left
mouse button or lift your pen then the Source will always return to the
original place you set. If the box is checked then the Source
will change when you release the left mouse button or lift your pen.
Use All Layers
- when this box is checked you can move information from one layer to
the one you are working on. It is a great idea because you
not working with the original pixels.
- the Clone Tool works best when the Brush Dynamics in the Brush
Palette is set to change Opacity with pressure (with a Wacom Pen).
In Photoshop CS3 and CS4 you can set up to 5 different source points
reduces the tedium of constantly
setting new source points.
palette also has blend modes (lighten, darken, difference and normal).
The ability to change the blend modes is a great addition.
You can even set an overlay that will show the source point
over top of the destination as you work.
In addition the "Use All Layers" checkbox has been expanded.
is now a drop down menu and you can choose Current Layer, Current
Below or All Layers. This is another nice upgrade in CS3.
this tool it is much easier to show (via a video) than to describe (in
words) how to use the crop tool effectively. The video will
address when to use the tool and when not to use the tool in favor of
The video was produced with Photoshop CS.
Clone Tool Video
The Clone Tool
Clone Tool Uses
from a picture.
Add something to a
within a picture.
Move something from
one picture to another picture.