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Lesson 104 of 118

Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 104 of 118

Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool


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Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool

So now I'm just go ahead and go around and start cleaning up some of the, the areas on my face and around my hair, like the stray flyaway hairs, and even maybe some of the blemishes that might be on my face. And to do that I'm gonna use the clone stamp tool, or any of the tools in my arsenal that would be of the cloning type capacity, that allow me to work on a new layer. So, of those tools that we've talked about, the clone stamp tool is a great one, it allows me to work on a new layer, some of the ones that we don't necessarily want to use would be something like the patch tool, because the patch tool won't work on a new layer, I'd have to make a flattened document of all the stuff that's happening here. When what I'm trying to do is create a bunch of non destructive edits that are gonna happen on top of this. There will be times where you might have to do something with a stamp and maybe get a little bit destructive, don't worry about that, I want you to try and have a non destructi...

ve workflow throughout this whole thing, but if you have to do something because you need that pixel layer, don't be afraid to do it, just know that you did it, and if you did, maybe highlight that layer with something like the color red, so you know, okay, that is a stamped version, so everything that's happening underneath, I'm not gonna be able to see, because this is the stamped version. Those are good practices to get into, if you're gonna be doing a stamped layer on the top. So let's rename this though, because we're gonna start building up a bunch of layer stacks here, so instead of calling this Hue Saturation, let's call this Teeth White, and then let's add another layer here. And this layer is gonna be Clone for Hair. So I'm gonna get the clone stamp tool, and what do I wanna select? Do I wanna select the current layer? No, because the current layer is empty. I would want something like current and below. And I've just got a small brush. Press the left bracket key to make my brush a little bit smaller. And just select areas on the outside that are close to that area. I might not want to get a brush that has such a wide feather on it, so in some cases I use a feather, a hardness brush that has zero hardness with this, because if we look at the edges of my hair, if I were to make a selection for this background here and then start painting in here, look at how much, it look likes I'm kinda painting in my hair, and that doesn't look right. So what I might do here is drop this hardness until I get a brush that kind of matches the exterior of my hair, and then Alt or Option, start painting that in right there. Alt or Option, and I'm making samples of areas and just very carefully going in and through them. Again, these hairs on the side here, those are little flyaways too, and there is a differentiation between this area of the image right here, and this area, that's the faux brick that I have on the back of my wall there, this is one of those separators. So I wanna make sure that if I'm making a stamp of something, I get something that's close to that, to do this section of hair, and then work my way up. I'm just slowly. Do I want to do something like this? And get rid of all those? No, because that doesn't look natural. What I wanna do is I wanna just grab a slight little area here, I'll leave a little bit of those stray hairs there, but ones that are wild and stray, like these ones, they need to go. Alt or Option, click above, always reset, click and reset, get rid of that stray hair. But you notice how this brush just matches that perfectly, so even if I get too close to the head, if we look at the pixels here, that are going between here and here, there's a slight bokeh effect that's happening here. If I were to use an extremely soft edge brush it'd look like painting, but to use a brush that has a slight amount of hardness to it, just to match what that looks like. And you can see that when you press Alt or Option and you put that brush right next to the head there you can see it's pretty good, pretty darn good. You're allowed to get impressed with yourself, go ahead. That right there... Paint that... And then right here. If I need to get a smaller brush, don't be afraid to left bracket key, get a smaller brush, paint those areas out. Alright, see that zit on my head, isn't that nice? That's a shiner. Make that brush a little bit bigger, right bracket key. That's pretty good. Let me go right down to here. Left bracket key make it a little bit smaller. And I'll zoom out, so look at that. Before, after, before, after. Just cleaning up that stuff just a little bit there. Now, there are ways that we can use the clone stamp tool on actual facial blemishes if you wanted to, I'll show you how to do that. I'm also gonna do something in here called frequency separation a little bit later, which will separate that for me. If you just wanted to use the clone stamp tool you could do that, you could also use maybe one of your healing brushes as well as long as it works on a new layer, but I wanna keep the hair separate from the facial features just in case I ever need to do something different. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna make a new layer and put Clone for Face. So I could use the clone stamp tool. This is where if I'm using a clone stamp tool on the face I probably want to use something that's gonna be a softer edge brush instead of the harder edge brush that we had. So if that's the case I'll just go over to my brush, drop the hardness down, and then make my brush a little bit bigger, Alt click somewhere over here to get something similar. Another brush that's gonna help you out here with this might be something like the healing brush. Which one is it? It's the regular healing brush. The regular healing brush allows you to select current and below, or all layers, or current layer. When we're working like this we wanna work with current and below. Because if there's any pixel based layers up here, as I'm doing this process, and I say all layers, when I heal on this layer it'll be sampling those pixels from up here and it might do some funky things, okay, so just make sure you're set to current and below. With the healing brush, we just go ahead and click on this area here, we Alt or Option click somewhere else, and just click over that and it's going to heal it. The difference between heal and clone, just as a reminder, a clone will take an exact replica of the area that you're selecting, whereas a heal will use the information that you take from, pull it over to the area that you're clicking on, and it will look at the area and see if it can find pixels that look like it and fill it in, and instead of it taking a literal copy of exactly what you're telling it to, it tries to blur it in, blend it in, and make the colors and all the pixels match. So if I were to click Alt or Option over here, and then click right here, you can see that. If I were to click over here, and then click over here, you see how it's still, even though I took a really bright area of my face and brought it over here to fix that up, it's saying "No, no, no, "I'm a healing brush. "I'm not gonna take white from over here "and put it over into a shadowy area. "Just doesn't work for me, doesn't fly with me." And there are many other areas on the face that we could use the healing brush or the clone stamp brush for, but one of the things I wanna show is gonna be frequency separation. So I'll show you how that can be a little bit more powerful coming up here, but let's, before we get into that, let's talk about lightening up eyes.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
  • Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
  • Smart Objects, Transforming, Actions, Filters, and Editing Video
  • Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


  1. Bootcamp Introduction
  2. The Bridge Interface
  3. Setting up Bridge
  4. Overview of Bridge
  5. Practical Application of Bridge
  6. Introduction to Raw Editing
  7. Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
  8. Global Tools Part 1
  9. Global Tools Part 2
  10. Local Tools
  11. Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
  12. Toolbars, Menus and Windows
  13. Setup and Interface
  14. Adobe Libraries
  15. Saving Files
  16. Introduction to Cropping
  17. Cropping for Composition in ACR
  18. Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
  19. Cropping for the Subject in Post
  20. Cropping for Print
  21. Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
  22. Introduction to Layers
  23. Vector & Raster Layers Basics
  24. Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
  25. Organizing and Managing Layers
  26. Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
  27. Screen and Multiply and Overlay
  28. Soft Light Blend Mode
  29. Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
  30. Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
  31. Introduction to Layer Styles
  32. Practical Application: Layer Tools
  33. Introduction to Masks and Brushes
  34. Brush Basics
  35. Custom Brushes
  36. Brush Mask: Vignettes
  37. Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
  38. Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
  39. Mask Groups
  40. Clipping Masks
  41. Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
  42. Practical Applications: Masks
  43. Introduction to Selections
  44. Basic Selection Tools
  45. The Pen Tool
  46. Masks from Selections
  47. Selecting Subjects and Masking
  48. Color Range Mask
  49. Luminosity Masks Basics
  50. Introduction to Cleanup Tools
  51. Adobe Camera Raw
  52. Healing and Spot Healing Brush
  53. The Clone Stamp Tool
  54. The Patch Tool
  55. Content Aware Move Tool
  56. Content Aware Fill
  57. Custom Cleanup Selections
  58. Introduction to Shapes and Text
  59. Text Basics
  60. Shape Basics
  61. Adding Text to Pictures
  62. Custom Water Marks
  63. Introduction to Smart Objects
  64. Smart Object Basics
  65. Smart Objects and Filters
  66. Smart Objects and Image Transformation
  67. Smart Objects and Album Layouts
  68. Smart Objects and Composites
  69. Introduction to Image Transforming
  70. ACR and Lens Correction
  71. Photoshop and Lens Correction
  72. The Warp Tool
  73. Perspective Transformations
  74. Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
  75. Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
  76. Making Your First Action
  77. Modifying Actions After You Record Them
  78. Adding Stops to Actions
  79. Conditional Actions
  80. Actions that Communicate
  81. Introduction to Filters
  82. ACR as a Filter
  83. Helpful Artistic Filters
  84. Helpful Practical Filters
  85. Sharpening with Filters
  86. Rendering Trees
  87. The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
  88. Introduction to Editing Video
  89. Timeline for Video
  90. Cropping Video
  91. Adjustment Layers and Video
  92. Building Lookup Tables
  93. Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
  94. ACR to Edit Video
  95. Animated Gifs
  96. Introduction to Creative Effects
  97. Black, White, and Monochrome
  98. Matte and Cinematic Effects
  99. Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
  100. Gradients
  101. Glow and Haze
  102. Introduction to Natural Retouching
  103. Brightening Teeth
  104. Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
  105. Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
  106. Advanced Clean Up Techniques
  107. Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
  108. ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
  109. Portrait Workflow Techniques
  110. Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
  111. Landscape Workflow Techniques
  112. Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
  113. Composite Workflow Techniques
  114. Landscape Composite Projects
  115. Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
  116. Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
  117. Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
  118. Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


a Creativelive Student

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Robert Andrews

Blake Rudis is the absolute best in teaching photoshop. His knowledge and how he presents the instruction is clear and concise - there is NO ONE BETTER. Yes, his classes require some basic skills, and maybe I'd organize the order of (or group) the classes in a different order, but, let me be clear - if anyone is to be successful or famous in the Photoshop world, it should be Blake Rudis. I strongly recommend his teaching. I started photography and post processing in 2018, and because of this class, I'm know what Im doing. The energy you get when you create something beautiful is profound, it makes you bounce out of bed (at 4AM) like a 5 year old, to go create. It's a great ride! Thanks Blake, & Thanks Creative live.

Esther Gambrell

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!