The Clone tool allows you to copy one area of an image and copy it onto another area. It is useful for duplicating objects or removing a defect in an image.
To use the Clone Stamp tool, you set a sampling point on the area you want to copy (clone) the pixels from and paint over another area.
- Select the Clone tool in the tool strip or press "O".
- Select one of the following:
Clone: Duplicate the sampled area of the image to the selected area.
Heal: Match the texture, lighting, and shading of the sampled area to the selected area.
- Set the brush for appropriate size, hardness and opacity in the options panel:
To adjust brush size, scroll mouse wheel or tweak the "Size" slider in the panel.
Dropping the "Hardness" of the brush will give you a soft edged brush so that the transition to the surrounding area is gradual.
Moving the "Opacity" slider to the left will add some transparency to the clone/heal area.
- To specify how you want to align the sampled pixels, set the following in the options bar:
Aligned On: Samples pixels continuously, without losing the current sampling point, even if you release the mouse button.
Aligned Off: Continue to use the sampled pixels from the initial sampling point each time you stop and resume painting.
- To set the sampling source you want to copy from, move your mouse to the area you want to duplicate and Ctrl-click.
- Drag over the area of the image you want to correct.