Sarah (smileygoldfish) wrote in photoshop_this,
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Clone tool

I wrote this for a friend of mine and she said it was very easy to understand and helpful, and that I should post it somewhere public so others could use it. So here goes.

Basic PS tutorial.
How to create a color splash picture.
Example:



This requires the clone tool. If you haven’t used it before I’ve circled the feature here. Make sure it’s the clone tool and not the pattern stamp (you can change that by right clicking on the button I circled (or the one that looks similar) and choosing the one that says clone tool, or clone stamp. The clone basically can take one piece of a picture and paints it somewhere else on the picture. For instance, if you wanted to get rid of a blemish or tear, you can extend the good parts and paint over the bad part. In this case however, we’re taking a piece from one picture and painting in onto another picture. Specifically we’re taking the color from one and putting it on the black and white version of that same picture.



So, what you need to do is open the picture, the make it black and white, then open it again as the original color version. You have to save the black and white version with another name before you can open the original again.
(if you don’t know how to make a picture black and white in photoshop, choose image on the top tool bar and then mode, and the grayscale.) It’ll automatically ask if you want to discard the color information, and then it’ll make the picture black and white. The next thing you need to do is change the color scale to RGB rather then grayscale. That’s what it means when it asks if you want to discard the color information. It just changes the picture to a gray format even though the colors still exist. When you change it to RGB then it actually takes the coloring out of it. Do that by going back to image, mode and then choosing RBG (after you’ve already made it gray). The picture should stay black and white, but say RGB



If you don’t change it to RBG, the clone wont work (when you try to add the color from one picture to the other) That’s because the colors are still there in the gray picture, you just can’t see them anymore, so the color you add looks gray too.

Okay so you have two pictures open now. One is black and white and one is color. At this point I zoom in really close (on each picture) and go to the point where I want to start taking the color from one and putting in on the other. Chose the clone tool and it’ll make your curser a circle. Go to a point in the colored picture that is easy to find the exact same location on the other picture. In this case I’m using the center of one of the baby’s button.
Hold down ALT on your keyboard and your curser with become a smaller, more precise circle. Click on the picture. Now the clone tool has saved that part of the picture in its “memory.” You can let go of ALT now.



Go over to the black and white picture in the same exact location. Hold down your mouse button and move the mouse around. It will paint the color from one picture to the other.



In my case my close brush has a very soft edge so the edges of the color are fuzzy. Sometimes that’s a good thing. But not in the case. You want the edges between and color and the black and white to be crisp. Go up the the top of your screen to the BRUSH drop down menu and chose a brush that’s a solid circle. Keep the hardness at 100%. You can also make the brush a bigger or smaller circle by moving the back and forth. I moved it from a diameter of 19, to 51



Now you just have to carefully paint along the edges of the gray part that you want colored (Jared’s shirt in the case). It takes a while. But it’s really cool when you’re done. If you get to corners that has sharp and hard to paint, it helps to make your clone brush smaller. Say back to 19, or even all the way down to 5. The bigger the brush the faster you’ll get down though.

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