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Set the Clone Stamp tool options properly for best results

Added on Monday 15th of February 2010 12:25 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


The Clone Stamp tool works wonders—providing you set it up properly. While the options differ slightly between versions, many of the settings are the same. When you select the Clone Stamp tool, its options appear in the tool Options bar, as shown in Figure A. Here’s an overview of what these options do:

        Tool Preset Picker. There are no presets that load with the Clone Stamp tool.

        Brush Preset Picker. Select an option to choose the brush tip diameter and hardness.

        Mode. Select an option to set the blending mode of the brush as you paint.

        Opacity. Set a value to determine how strongly you apply the stroke as you paint. At 100%, the stroke is 100-percent opaque. At 50%, it’s 50-percent transparent, and at 1%, it’s virtually 100-percent transparent.

        Flow. Set a value to determine the flow rate of the stroke; use this option when you paint with the Airbrush capabilities enabled.