Photography Tutorials

Remove Objects Using the Clone Stamp Tool


How to Use the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop.

In this video we show you how to use the clone stamp tool in Photoshop. The clone stamp tool is used to remove unwanted elements and objects from your pictures and can include anything from a simple spot to a more complicated object like a person. This video will show you how to make fast edits, in a non destructive way, using the clone stamp tool in Photoshop so you can give your images a more complete and professional look.

It is always best to capture your image as best you can 'in-camera' but sometimes there is just no way you can avoid things being in your images. For example if you are shooting a wide landscape such as a beach scene it may not be possible to shoot it without a couple of people walking their dog in the distance. Sometimes this may enhance your image but often it will be best if they are not there. This is where the clone stamp tool in Photoshop can be used to realise the initial artistic impression you started with. As a point of note people can also be removed in camera by shooting a long exposure and this is particularly effective in a city scene where you will never have an empty street during daylight hours. On this occasion however we will use the clone stamp tool.

The clone stamp tool in Photoshop will become one of your go to tools as a photographer. Along with the spot removal/spot healing brush and the patch tool you may find that you have little use for any of the other tools; especially if you are using Lightroom to enhance and edit your photos and you shoot things as close to perfect as possible in camera.

You can also use a clone stamp tool in Lightroom but I have found that this is not as powerful or easy to use as the clone stamp tool in Photoshop.