The Paint Shop Pro Clone Tool takes
pixels from one place, layer or picture and moves them to another
place, layer or picture.
According to the Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Help file the tool :"Removes flaws and objects by
painting over them with another part of the image".
This is one of the first tools that people start messing with when they
first open Paint Shop Pro because it
is just flat out fun to use.
good results with it is more than just blasting away.
For best results you need to take into account a number of
different things, especially the source point.
The tool works well with a mouse but works much better with a Wacom
Bamboo or a Wacom Intuos tablet.
The Clone Tool is used in many different digital imaging projects, such
Removing an item from an image.
Adding an item to an image.
Moving an item from one photograph to another
Removing blemishes on skin (zits, freckles,
Repairing damaged photographs.
These three tools live together
in the toolbar and the keyboard shortcut for all
of them is C.
- the place where the pixels are coming from - aka the good pixels.
Effective selection of a good source is the key to doing a
good job replacing pixels. The hue and saturation
(color and darkness)
be as close as possible to the area surrounding the destination.
- the pixels you are going to replace - aka the unwanted pixels.
- if this is checked the Source will follow you around the screen even
after your lift the pen or release the left mouse button. If
Aligned is not checked then the Source will always return to the
initial point you set after you lift the pen or release the left mouse
Use All Layers
with this box checked you can add a new layer, set your Source on the
layer and Clone to that layer. It tends to prevent
of the original image.
- when this box is checked the paint you are laying down does not build
on itself and if it is not checked then the paint does build on itself.
- the Paint Shop Pro Clone tool is pressure sensitive which is really
Setting the variance to Opacity or Density makes it much
easier to produce
really seamless clones.
The other two tools in the flyout are the Scratch
Remover and the Object
The Scratch Remover is amazing!
As a matter of fact, I
Scratch Remover on a photograph with a
really nasty scratch. Before using the Paintshop Scratch Remover I used
the Photoshop Clone Tool (Version CS) on the same scratch - for about 1
The Paintshop Scratch Remover took about 5 minutes and the end result
was just as good, if not better, than the Photoshop Clone
The Object Remover is effective but it can be a bit fiddly.
Both of these tools are demonstrated in the video.
The Clone Tool
Examine your image and decide on the best
source point - when you have it Right Click
on it. If you are using a Wacom tablet you will find it much
setting in Brush Variance
to Pressure, and
program one of the Express Keys on the
tablet as a Right Click.
your pen over to the edge of the destination and start painting away to
cover the unwanted pixels - go lightly and watch the results carefully.
Be sure to zoom in tightly so you can see what you are doing
and selecting the best Source.
Change the Source
from time to time to avoid
getting any annoying and distracting patterns on your image because -
everyone's eyes will find them immediately and keep going back there as
if it is the only thing in the picture - those annoying patterns that
The best way to become proficient is
practice a lot. Try out the other two removing tools as well, the Scratch Remover and
the Object Remover.
I was working with the Clone Tool to
remove a rather large scratch in a photo restoration page for my site
using Photoshop. It took about a couple of hours and multiple
layers to produce satisfactory results.
I loaded the same image
in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 and worked on the same scratch
Scratch Remover. To completely remove the scratch took almost
five minutes and I was working slowly!
This is an amazing tool in Paint Shop Pro!
Paint Shop Pro Clone Tool
Thanks for your time and be sure to let me know if you have any