Clone Unwanted Objects Out Of Your Photos With Photoshop Elements

You can clone items out of your photos with this technique. Once you know the secrets to using the Clone Stamp Tool you'll be able to make things disappear without a trace.

This tutorial not only explains how to remove items with Photoshop Elements but also how to add items.

In fact you'll see that even when you're removing objects, you're actually adding them!


Watch the video below to see exactly how to remove (or add) objects with Photoshop Elements.

Below the video I put some notes that I think are important takeaways from the video.

Also I extracted some handy tips from the video that can be used. Some of them can be used for things other than Cloning in Elements.







Important Takeaways.

Below are a few things from the video that I think are important to remember.

  • Cloning with Photoshop Elements is sampling a "Source" area from a photo and then transferring the source to a different area of the photo, called the "Destination"
  • To "Sample" an area of your photo hold down the Option Key on a Mac or the Alt Key on a PC and click once
  • Do your Cloning on a separate Layer
  • "Aligned" Box Checked: Source and Destination remain the same distance apart (as long as you don't resample). Even if you stop cloning (by releasing the mouse) and then resume cloning (by clicking-and-dragging the mouse)

    "Aligned" Box Unchecked: Source will start at the original source area if you stop, and then resume cloning
  • Don't repeat noticeable areas, they're a dead giveaway that the photo has been altered
  • If your results look unnatural, try changing from a soft-edge brush to a hard-edge brush or vice versa.



The Cloning Checklist.

  • Make sure the Cloning Layer is Active
  • Make sure the Clone Stamp Tool is Active
  • Make sure you have the Appropriate Brush Selected (Hard-Edge or Soft-Edge)
  • Make sure the "Sample All Layers" box is checked in the Tool Options
  • Make sure the "Aligned" box is checked in the Tool Options



Some Handy Tips To Remember.

Here's some tips used in the video that I thought might be helpful to make a list of.

Also there's some shortcuts that I normally use when working with Photoshop Elements that I didn't use in the tutorial because I didn't want it to be distracting.

Some of these are not just relevant to this tutorial but are universal techniques for Photoshop Elements.

  • Rename a Layer by double-clicking on it's default name and typing a more descriptive name
  • Resize your cursor by using the left and right bracket keys
  • To switch to the Clone Stamp Tool from any other Tool press the letter "S"
  • To make the contents of just a single layer visible hold down the Option Key on a Mac or the Alt Key on a PC as you click on the eyeball next to that layer in the layers panel

    Repeat the above tip to return to the previous visible state
  • To delete a layer from the layers panel, make it the active layer and then hold down the Option Key on a Mac or the Alt Key on a PC as you click on the trash icon

That completes this tutorial on how to remove items from a photo by Cloning with Photoshop Elements.

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

Take care,
Rick


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