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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 48 of 118

Retouching with the Clone Stamp


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 48 of 118

Retouching with the Clone Stamp


Lesson Info

Retouching with the Clone Stamp

in this image, unlike an organic scene of nature, there's a very specific background that's here, and it's got a grid of these kind of tiles in the background and over on the left side is a sign that suggesting you take a photo here. So I followed directions and took a photo there. But I'd rather not have the sign there. Well, if in this case it doesn't a copy from the exact right location, then those grout lines will end up becoming broken, and therefore we might not be able to use the spot healing brush. Let's give it a chance, though. Go all the way around that shadow that's there. Yes. You see how we now have broken grout lines and the wood floor now extends up in a way that it shouldn't. So I'm gonna choose, undo, And let's tackle this with other tools. I'm gonna now switch to the clone stamp tool. And remember, before I mentioned I usually work on an empty layer with mice. Will start that now, so create my empty layer by clicking on the new layer icon, the bottom of my layers pan...

el. I'm going to make sure that this tool is set to work on not just the current layer up here. There's a choice called Sample. I'm gonna set it to current and below. Now I'm in the clone stamp tool. That's this tool right here. If you don't see that tool directly below the paint brush tool, click and hold on that slot because there's two versions of it. You want to be in the top of the two now, with that tool, it's the most manual tool available. All it does is copy from one area. Imply it somewhere else. So this is the tool I don't want to be using every day because it would make me make sure that one area I'm copying from is the right brightness to match another. Is it the right color to match another? Is the edge of my brush soft enough to get her to blend in? I have to think about all those kinds of things. Um, so we'll use a combination of that and other tools. So in this case, what I want to do is just extend the wooden floor because I think it's gonna have difficulties figuring out what needs to be done there I'm going to start by going over here a little bit to the right. I might go to where one of the seems are on the floor and see right where it joins the wall. That's here. Option Click there. That's all clicking and windows, and you do that to indicate where you want to copy from. So when I option click, I just told it that that's where I'd like to copy. And then you move somewhere else and you get a preview right inside your brush of what you're about to apply. And therefore, when I get over to here, I can move up and down to see if the horizontal line that's inside my brush lines up with the bottom of that wall. And if it does, I can click and then dragged to apply this. But when I do this, there is no attempt whatsoever for it to match the brightness of my surroundings. It's just blatantly copying what over towards the right. Then you can see where it's copying from. There's little plus sign that's there. It's moving along with my mouse, and if I get up too high, I'll eventually hit that leaf. Graphic and it's going to start putting it in here like it is right now because the crosshairs right on top of it. But you notice the down here. It's a little bit too bright. That's because we were copying from over here, which is closer to a light source applying it over here where we're further away. Well, what can I do about it If it's sitting on its own layer, I can always adjust the contents of that particular layer. I can come in here and use any adjustment that I'm comfortable with. Since this particular lessons not about adjustments, I'll just use brightness and contrast because it has a brightness slider. And so I could move this down and see if I can get that to be approximately the right brightness for this area. If I'm only looking at the floor down there, I might be able to get it a little bit darker. Otherwise, I'm gonna need a more sophisticated adjustment, which would be something like curves or copy from an area closer that would end up not being quite so bright, which is I think, what I'm gonna do. I'll copy from about right in here put that in. All right, Now I need to you know, I got some good material over here on the edge. I need to extend it up here, and then we need to get rid of the rest of the sign. So I'm gonna try to decide where I'd like to copy from This has got a shadow on it, so I don't think it's gonna be appropriate area, but I need a connection of both a horizontal and vertical grout line in order to fill this area. Looking for the closest one over here. I'm really close to a light source, so that doesn't quite look the way it should. But I think this grout line might be appropriate. I'm gonna go over their option. Click right where those two grout lines intersect. I'll come up here, try to get them to line up, if at all possible, click and then his drag over towards the edge. I'm just trying to get it. So we have good material all the way to the edge of the photograph. Now, I'm gonna break this up so that it's not quite as tall, because if I end up using something with the word healing attached. I needed pain over the entirety of the area that needs to be removed. But if I can break it up into smaller chunks, then it will be easier to work. So I'm just gonna break through here a little bit. I can copy from somewhere over in this area where I have a ground line option click. Bring it over here and just try to fill it in. I'm gonna end up replacing that area in the end, so it's not gonna be absolutely critical if it perfectly matches. Now you can see when I use something like the clone stamp tool, it's not attempting to match the brightness. This looks to be a little bit too bright. I can always choose, undo and create a brand new empty layer. Then put my retouching on that layer because then if it's too bright, I can adjust it. You can use any adjustment you're comfortable with. My favorite is curves. We have a separate lesson on that topic. So for now I'm just going toe, get in there and attempt to adjust this. I just want to make sure it's working somewhere around there. Click on OK, But if I do it on multiple layers like this, I cannot end up with a bunch of layers. If I think it becomes the proper brightness and I like what I have, then set a simple of high things by just choosing merge down. But what I want to do is make sure that the tool I'm using is gonna handle the blending for me, so I don't have to make adjustments like that.

Class Description

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  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail