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    Clone Stamp Tool: how to remove unwanted objects and rescue any photo

    | Photoshop Tutorials | Tutorials | 18/07/2013 00:01am
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    We don’t always have the time or opportunity to compose photos that are perfect in every way. Sure, you’d like to get it right in camera, but it’s just not always possible to find that perfect angle or ask someone to move when capturing fleeting moments. In one of our most in-depth Photoshop Elements tutorials ever, we show you step-by-step how to use the Clone Stamp tool and Brush tools to remove unwanted objects.

    Clone Stamp Tool: how to remove unwanted objects and rescue your photos

    When shooting on location, you can attempt to avoid capturing ugly objects (such as distracting street furniture) by repositioning yourself to get a clearer view of the main subject.

    However, this may not be possible when shooting candid photos in crowded urban locations such as our Indian street market here. In our start image, the shoe vendor is partially obscured by an ugly metal girder.

    When faced with the challenge of removing unwanted objects like this girder you may automatically reach for the Clone Stamp or Healing brush tools.

    In this retouching challenge, though, some details hidden by the girder are too complex for you to recreate by sampling and cloning adjacent sections of the shoe vendor. You’ll need to get more creative and reconstruct these hidden details from scratch using the Brush tool.

    We’ll show you how to sample colours and tones from the man’s clothing and use the Brush tool to paint appropriate details over the girder. You’ll learn techniques to help blend the brush strokes together to create a convincing replacement for the missing details.

    You can adapt the skills learned in this walkthrough to tackle other retouching challenges that are too complex for the Clone Stamp tool to deal with on its own.

    How to use the Clone Stamp tool to remove unwanted objects: steps 1-2

    How to use the Clone Stamp tool to remove unwanted objects: step 1

    01 Open the start file
    Download our start image onto your hard drive. In Photoshop Elements, go to File>Open and browse to the shot. Click Open. Click on thumbnail in the Layers palette. Hit Cmd/Ctrl+J to create a copy of the original image. It’s always handy to have an unedited version of the shot in case we need it later.

     

    How to use the Clone Stamp tool to remove unwanted objects: step 2

    02 Zoom in closer
    Choose Layer>New>Layer. Click OK. You now have a new transparent layer to edit onto. Grab Zoom tool and click to get a closer look at the unwanted girder. View the shot at 100% magnification. Grab the Clone Stamp tool. You can use this tool to start extending the concrete seat over part of the girder.

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    Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials.

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