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Advanced Cloning in Photoshop #117

September 30, 2019

– [Glyn] Hi folks, Glyn here. In this short video we’re
going to be going through an advanced way of using the
clone stamp tool in Photoshop. Okay so in Photoshop, the regular clone stamp tool
is incredibly easy to use and also incredibly helpful. You’ll find it over in
the toolbar over here, you can see this little icon
here saying clone stamp tool. It also has the keyboard
shortcut of the letter S on your keyboard. Very simple to use. All you need to do is just
put your cursor over an area you want to clone, hold down the alt or option key, depending if you’re working on PC or Mac, click the sampler area and
you can then apply that to clone that particular area
any where else in the picture. You can have a lot of fun doing that. Swapping heads and all that kind of stuff, I’m sure everybody who
starts off using Photoshop will have done. But that’s the regular clone stamp tool. Now, if we come over to this
particular picture here, which is just a usage copyright free image that I’ve got off Google, just to illustrate this that
if we wanted to now extend this particular fence line here to go further off into the distance, the regular clone stamp
tool doesn’t really work. So let me just show you
what I mean by that. Let’s just create a copy
of this background layer holding down control command
and pressing J to jump a copy to a new layer there. Now, just like I did with
those two faces there, I’m gonna put my cursor
over an area of the fence, hold down the alt com
PC option key on Mac, just a sample area of
the fence and click down, you can see now if I move
the cursor around it sampled that particular part of the
fence and then all I need to do then is come in and start painting with the clone stamp tool to
clone that particular fence anywhere else that I want in the picture. In this example here, we’re looking to extend the fence line. Now I know that there’s
areas that have been repeated and what have you. We wouldn’t necessarily leave as they are. But it’s just to give you
an idea of what I mean why the regular clone stamp
tool isn’t really gonna work in every instance. So you can see here, we know that the fence line
over on the left hand side here is bigger or it appears
taller than the fence line originally over this part here. That’s because of perspective. However, using the
regular clone stamp tool, all I can do is clone the
original size of the fence. So you can see even though
the fence is going further off into the distance to
the right hand side here, it’s still pretty much the same
size as the fence over here. We know that’s not correct. There are times where you’d
maybe get away with that, but ideally what you want to
be able to do is to clone in perspective and that’s what
we’re going to cover now. Now, on screen you can see a
final retouch picture that I did of a friend of mine
who’s a photographer called Ian Rose based in up in Wales. This is the final picture but here is the out of camera picture. Let’s just bring that
down just a touch there. Now you can probably see, in fact it’s probably better
if put these side by side, let’s go window, arrange and two up vertical. The left hand picture here
is the final retouch picture, the one on the right hand side
is the out of camera picture. And I’m guessing, apart from the colouring
and all that kind of stuff, the main big difference here
is the actual composition. You can see foe definitely
there is more space on the left hand side of the final
retouch picture than there is in the original out of camera picture. We’ve got these wooden floorboards here, so this is why we would need
to use the clone stamp tool in perspective to kind of increase the space on this left hand side of the picture to clone the wooden floor
in so that it looks real. Let me show you what I mean there. Let’s just get rid of the final
retouch picture just there. We don’t need to save anything. Here we have the original
out of camera picture of Ian. The first thing I’m going to
do is change the composition. Let’s just click once on the padlock over in the layers panel. Get the crop tool and all I’m gonna do
is just drag outwards. So it will increase the actual canvas, the composition to the left
hand side just so that we can increase more of the wall and
a bit of the floor over there so that we can actually place
Ian on the rule of thirds just like so. Once we’ve dragged out, we’ve got these transparent pixels here, let’s just press enter or
return to command that. What we’re gonna do now then
is hold down the control or command key and press
J to duplicate that because we never do this
on the original picture. Let’s just zoom in. When we look at the floor here, can you see how this
is wooden floor boards. Individual boards going
from right to left. What you’ll notice is, let’s just get a brush actually, just to kind of indicate this. Let’s just get a red brush
and we’ll just harden it up just a touch. You can see, when we look at the boards
or the joints rather, in between them, can you see how they go down, from the top down to the right like so. As we get towards the
middle of the picture, because of the perspective, they then appear to be dead straight, but then going off to the left, even more to the left, and so on and so on, that angle increases as
we go across the picture. So we need to, if we’re gonna clone this floor across, to the left hand side is to
continue that perspective rather than just using the
regular clone stamp tool. Let’s just zoom back out again. The way we’re gonna do this
is using vanishing point. Very simple to use. We go to the filter menu and we’re going to choose vanishing point. When you first go into it, you have this nice big
dialogue box with some tools over on the left hand side. By default, you’ll be using
the create plain tool. What we need to do now is
tell Photoshop what the perspective should be within this picture. That is really really simple to do. I’m just gonna zoom in to
make it a little bit easier for me to see the floor. So let’s just click
with the zoom tool there just to bring it up nice and close. Then go back to using
the create plain tool. Now all I’m going to do
here is draw out a grid. I’m gonna click down once
to lay down one point. And you’ll see we got this
little line coming attached here. I need to put four sides down to a grid. So let’s just put one point
following the actual line now in between these boards
makes it easy to do this one. So click down there, another line we get across here, this is the second side to the grid. Just come over to this
particular board just here, click down and we’ll follow
the line up between these two boards and we’ll just
click down similar like so. This is really lucky, we’ve actually got a blue grid. Because ideally when we’re
laying down the perspective, we want to see a blue grid. You might find that when
you do this first of all, you may be end up with something that’s maybe the wrong colour. Let’s see if I can
force it to do this now. You might end up with a grid
that’s an odd colour like say a red one just here. There’s a few different
colours you’ll notice. Red, you definitely don’t want to see. That’s basically telling
you that the perspective or the grid that you’re laying
down just isn’t going to work. It’s not gonna look good at all. You might sometimes see a yellow one. That’s kind of saying that
the perspective will be okay there but a blue one would be better, so ideally you want to go for a blue one. So if you get a yellow, or a red, all you need to do is click
on any of the points on the top left and right or the
bottom left and right and drag them around until you then
start to see a blue grid. So let’s go for something around about, let’s see if we can get a blue grid. There we go. I’ve got a nice blue grid. What I’m going to do now then
is get this grid to cover the entire picture because
wherever the grid goes is wherever you will be able to
then clone in perspective. Let me just zoom out now so
I can see the entire floor. Let’s just click to drag
out a few times like so. Then all I’m gonna do is go
to the edit plain tool and then drag out the left hand
side so that it covers the whole of the picture there. And we’ll drag upwards as well. And let’s drag downwards like so. It’s only this side here, the left hand side that
we need to work on. I’m gonna zoom back in now. So we can get nice and close. And then all we do, just like we did before
with the regular old clone stamp tool is come to the tool bar, click om the clone stamp tool, bring our cursor over our picture, choose an area that we want to start that we’re gonna clone from, hold down the alt key on
PC or option key on Mac and click downwards. So now we’ve actually sampled
that particular part of the floor and you can
probably see it just there. All I’m gonna do now, I’m gonna do this fairly quickly just so you get an idea of it, is then start to clone in this
particular part of the floor. I’m just gonna work across here. As I’m doing this really quickly, you may see some areas that are a bit kind of repeating patterns. But those are going to be very quick and easy to fix later on. The hard thing to fix and get right would be the perspective. Something that you just
cannot do with the regular clone stamp tool. Let me just fill in this
particular area here. Let’s just come across to the bit on the left hand side just here. Now admittedly, this is only a really
small area of a picture. You maybe could get away with not using the clone stamp tool in perspective
for this particular one. But I’m a big, big believer in it’s the
small things when we’re doing the retouching that
make the big difference. I think something like this, I’d always go that extra
mile and just make sure that we get it done correctly. So we’ll go for something like that. Once we’ve done the cloning, we’ll just need to do
the actual wall here. We’ll do that in the
regular Photoshop workspace. So we’ll click okay. To come back into Photoshop. Now to fill this particular
area of the wall in here, all I’m going to do is get
my rectangular marquis tool, drag out a selection over
on the left hand side, just to include that particular
part of the wall just there, then we’ll go to edit, transform and scale, and then just drag out
that left hand pointer, drag it across to stretch
out that particular part of the wall there. Press enter or return, and then control or command D to deselect. So now when we zoom in, we can see now when we look at
these particular boards here can we see how the actual
line there starts to go, again, it’s a very small area to see
on this particular one here. There are some repeating patterns. These will be very very easy
to get rid of just using the regular clone stamp tool
as you can see just like so. But the actual thing
here is the perspective. We’ve now managed to come to
continue that particular line there where the original
wood going down from the top to the right hand side
and then in the centre, then they kind of start to
go off from the top down to the left as the picture
went across to the left there. You can see now is these red lines, the line gets more and
more angled as we go off to the left hand side. So we’ve actually managed
to clone in perspective. So that’s just a really quick one. This video here was put
together following a recent YouTube live broadcast I did
where I zipped through this really really quickly. Got a few requests to do it in kind of like a slow
time video so there you go. Any questions that you have, by all means, just give me a shout. Leave a comment below. But for now, I’ll see you next time and
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  • Reply Chris McCooey Photography September 19, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    That's awesome. I can recall a few times in the past I could have used this technique. Very helpful Glyn!

  • Reply George Falls September 19, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Neat trick, but with the amount you earn, you'd be able to afford some skirting boards 🙂

  • Reply Dario Mirisciotti September 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    hello Glyn, could you tell me how can I find the brush 112 please, I can't find on my presets

  • Reply Charles Cabrera September 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    This was very helpful. Thanks Glyn.

  • Reply srivardhan karnic September 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I understand why I'm subbed to you all this time! Great content, brilliant teaching, slow and steady tutorial. Thank you.

  • Reply salem.fotografy September 19, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    brilliant, thank you so much 😊

  • Reply The Artful Dog Studio September 19, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Very useful – thanks!

  • Reply Isaac Berg September 19, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Very helpful, thanks. Always wondered how to do this

  • Reply Trevor Ager September 19, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Many thanks Glyn.

  • Reply Mike van Wieringen September 19, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks Glyn for this brilliant tutorial…This was completely new to me

  • Reply MNMohamed September 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Genius Glyn, thank you!

  • Reply Martin Turner September 19, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Great tips! I have not used perspective clone yet because its descriptions were vague; you fixed that! Thanks!

  • Reply Anthony Crothers September 19, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Awesome mate, and really useful. Definitely have a use for this! Thanks for sharing buddy.

  • Reply Rob Kennedy Photography September 19, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Excellent tutorial Glyn. Thanks a mill 🙂

  • Reply Diego Eidelman September 19, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Cool! I've never seen that VP feature. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Dario Mirisciotti September 19, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Last thing Glyn I subscribed for the free ebook. How can I have it now?

  • Reply fantastic magic September 20, 2017 at 12:47 am

    you are the best Glyn >> your channel will be the best too

  • Reply Vernon Nash September 20, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Thanks Glyn

  • Reply Jan Staes September 20, 2017 at 7:33 am

    You remember doing these things in earlier versions without all the handy tools photoshop has these days? I know I struggled a lot with perspective when I was learning photoshop back in version CS3. That's why I appreciate all these nice tools so much nowadays.

  • Reply Keith Lloyd September 20, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Top marks Glyn. Thank you very much.

  • Reply Tony Davey September 20, 2017 at 10:46 am

    As usual an excellant tip and simple when you know the technique. Thanks

  • Reply Edmond Foster September 20, 2017 at 11:48 am


  • Reply Steve Arnoldus September 20, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    As always, you deliver my friend. Thank you!

  • Reply Canonista September 21, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Proper job Glyn. Top man.

  • Reply wayne parton September 21, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Awesome vid, this will help out a lot.

  • Reply Allan Elkaim September 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Awesome ! I didn't know about this tool 🙂

    I have a question regarding photography in general, is there a way I can get in touch with you ? 🙂



  • Reply WD3 September 22, 2017 at 1:08 am

    I must say, your Photoshop tutorial videos are some of the best I have seen yet.

  • Reply tclarke971 September 22, 2017 at 5:05 am


  • Reply Jens Vielmann September 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Great that some1 finally shows the vanishing Point filter. In this case I wonder if just ticking the box "content aware fill" in the crop tool wouldn't have done the trick much faster…..

  • Reply Paul Warwick September 24, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Another wizard tip, thank you

  • Reply suruha2306 September 24, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    I did not know about this feature! Thank you!!!!

  • Reply Matteo Platania September 25, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Thx Glyn, Excellent, as always.

  • Reply Jennifer DiDio Photography September 26, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Glyn-you rock! This helps with my wood floor in my studio!!

  • Reply Marmee Cruz September 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks! Never knew this could be done. Great tutorial and more power to you!

  • Reply Paul Bagley September 30, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Amazing Glyn! Thank you

  • Reply Benitez foto-video October 3, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Muchas gracias por tu gran video, saludos desde el norte argentino.

  • Reply César Daniel October 4, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Excellent! Thank you!

  • Reply Darrell Coomes October 4, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Never knew this existed.Thanks!

  • Reply James L October 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Bravo, I imagine some form of Transform (after cloning) could also accomplish a similar end result.

  • Reply Peter Whittaker October 5, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Thank Glyn, this was great!

  • Reply Carolyn Truchon October 10, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Thank you! Thank you!! I had an image with just that a few months back and struggled to get the floor right. I had no clue this existed and wish I had then but so glad I ran across your video! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and skills. Much appreciated.

  • Reply Mindaugas Butvila October 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Very very useful tip. Thank you!

  • Reply Bokeh Master October 11, 2017 at 9:50 am

    thank you, amazing tutorial!

  • Reply Dario Mirisciotti October 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Glyn Dewis Hello Glyn, I subscribed to your newsletter but you didn't give to me the RAWFILES of the video "MALE PORTRAIT". So please if you could give to me the RAWFILES to follow step by step: [email protected]


  • Reply Fighting For England October 24, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you, as a longtime PS user, i'd never mastered the perspective tool. Your explanation was perfect:)

  • Reply John Turner June 15, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Very useful video thanks!

  • Reply Moritza Thaher August 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    It's help me alot, thank you Glyn.

  • Reply Saif Photography August 7, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Wow amazing! Thanks

  • Reply MNMohamed September 23, 2018 at 12:31 am

    This is grand Glyn, thank you so much. I just tried it out on an image and without this method, the cloning would've been impossible! All the best to you!

  • Reply Pony Moore November 4, 2018 at 5:55 pm


  • Reply Mr Smee November 9, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Good god, if only I'd known about this earlier.. I can see me making regular use of this tool.. thank you very much Glyn

  • Reply captainsky_usa January 14, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    good tutorial.
    I have been using Photoshop for years and yet this is the first time I have seen a tutorial where vanishing point was used. so I learned a couple techniques in this super short video. thanks!

  • Reply Vicky Gerrard August 19, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Hi Glen, I am trying to use this method on a digitally downloaded image but cannot access Vanishing Point. Can you please advise if this can be done, or is this method only for photos?

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