3.) Now refer to the top of your screen. This is where you will find all of your cloning options and settings. I almost always use a circle brush. Several things to notice here. Click the little drop down option by "Brush".
- Brush Size: This will totally depend on what your are cloning out. If it is a large object in a primarily "empty" background (like grass or water), you can make it quite large to decrease the amount of work. However, some objects may have other objects around them that you want to keep... in that case, you would make it smaller as to work around that.
- Hardness of brush edges: You don't want the Hardness of the edges of your brush to be too hard, as it will not blend well and will appear very splotchy. However, you don't want them too soft either, as this will cause a ton of inconsistent blurring and will simply look terrible. :) I usually start mine out at around 65-80 and then adjust it if needed.
- Opacity & Flow: Keep both of these at 100%.
4.) Now... your cursor should be in the shape of a circle. Place it over (in this case) a patch of the grass and while pressing your ALT key (your cursor should change in shape), click once. (This actually copies what's inside that circle so that you can "paste" it over what you are wanting to eliminate.)
5.) Now, scoot your cursor over so that it sits on the unwanted object, let go of your ALT key and simply click. That click will replace your unwanted object with what you just "cloned".
6.) Now, the trick to cloning is that most of the time, you don't want to just drag your mouse over the unwanted object. I ALMOST ALWAYS go back and ALT + click another nearby area so that I'm not "copying" the same patch of grass all over the object. When you just drag it along something like grass or water, it's pretty obvious that you did it that way... you can tell that the same patch is just repeated across the grass. Going back and ALT + clicking another area before cloning again will keep it looking much more realistic and complete. So now... just finishing cloning out the unwanted objects.
7.) Now, as you can see from the little specks that i've circled... I'm a bit of a perfectionist. The sight of a random peice of paper and a couple of remnants of Gage's water balloons is enough to send me over the edge. So yes... I have to get rid of those too. hahaha! But these little specks are MUCH easier to do away with. Instead of using the Clone tool for this, I use the Spot Healing Brush. (Note... this is the same tool you would use to get rid of blemishes on one's face... LOVE this tool!!!) So let's choose our Spot Healing Brush:
9.) You want to keep this brush small (like between 20 and 50 at the most). This tool actually automatically "pulls" a nearby area and replaces your "speck" of unwanted scenery, such as dirt specks on carpet, blemishes on face, and ketchup stains on shirts!! You don't have to ALT+click a portion to paste... this does it for you. But it is meant for SMALL objects... leave the bigger objects to the Clone stamp.) Now, simply place the little circle on top of your unwanted speck and click. It's gone!!
And here is my finished photo.
Now, of course... you know me... I couldn't just leave the photo as is. So I gave it a cool crop, and added a sort of vintage-y feel to it. Then I chose my paper and elements, typed some text and now I have a beauitul photo on a beautiful layout... with NO waterhose!!! Again... here is our finished layout:
**For my layout, I used:
TAYLORMADE DESIGNS: Peaches & Regalias kit... available at oscraps!!
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