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Photoshop Cloning Tool - tutorial

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  1. mr jones

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    does anyone have a tutorial or anything about successful use of this tool, im trying to remove some plug sockets from a wall and im not having much success in making it look realistic and natural


    any advice, hints tips or links for this kind of thing?


    also any good photoshop books people can recommend me? :lease:
     
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    My favourite book is Photoshop Restoration and Retouching by Katrin Eismann (available on Amazon). I think there's a useful website that runs alongside this book.

    As for the cloning tool... in general use a soft brush, don't use clone brush at 100% (alter levels with numbers on keyboard i.e. 4=40%) and vary the sample area to help avoid patterning effects. Zoom out of of image to check on how it looks, close-up it's hard to evaluate things.

    For the task you have in mind, I'd be tempted to forget about the clone tool and just select an area next to the plugs (lasso tool) and simply copy then paste, then move tool to get it into position, finally flatten/merge layers.You may want to feather the selection before copying, just so the edges blend in better.
    cheers,
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    its always good practice to work any cloning into a new layer (just remember to select 'use all layers' from the clone tool options) and (like PF says above )to keep changing where you clone from - ie reselecing a new source area. Repetitive patterns are a dead giveaway that some p'shopping has been done.

    I had a quick go at the image you posted on the other thread but forgot to save it to my ibook - so the file its sat at home. Fool.
     
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    Depending on what you are trying to use to cover? the sockets.Could you not select an appropriate patch of wall etcetra and blend it in.
     
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    i like to copy and paste a section from somewhere else on the wall
    then use the eraser tool on the pasted layer to make it blend in.
     
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    cheers ill give it a go
     
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    a quick 30 second job
     

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    Where the hell is the cleaner going to plug the Vacuum in now ? :D
     
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    looking at the staining on the wall id be inclined to think that the cleaner is a lazy bumabout dosser like most of that area of preston - i know, i live in that area of preston and im a lazy dosser :cool:
     

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