In this article, you will learn how to use the Clone Stamp tool in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Have you ever wanted to duplicate part of an image? It is so easy with the Clone Stamp tool. In this example, you will see how to use the Clone Stamp tool to duplicate part of an image. You will also become familiar with the Magic Wand, Eye Dropper, and Paint Bucket tools. You can be very creative with these tools.

Things You Will Need

Photoshop Elements
An image you want to clone or duplicate parts of

Step 1

Launch Elements and open image

Launch Adobe Photoshop Elements. Then, go to File, Open to open an image that you want to work with. In this example, an image of a seagull was used.

Step 2

Use the Clone Stamp

The Clone Stamp tool is used in this example to duplicate the seagull. Select the Clone Stamp tool. Hold the ALT key and then select an area of the sky right above and to the left of the gull. This will be your sample area or the area that you will copy from.

Step 3

Duplicate by painting

Click on another area of the image where you would like the duplicate to appear. Paint until the portion of the image is cloned. A large brush size was used because a large object was being cloned.

Step 4

Add finishing touches

To make the sky the same color as the top, use the Eyedropper tool to select a color to use. This will change the current paint color. Use the Magic Wand tool to select the entire sky. Keep holding the SHIFT key to add to your selection. When the entire sky was selected, fill in the area with the blue paint color using the Paint Bucket.

In this example, the Clone Stamp tool was used to duplicate part of an image. This tool is also great for touching up photos because it can be used to copy a good part of an image to a damaged part of an image.

If you are just getting started in Photoshop Elements, see my tutorial on How to Use QuickFix in Photoshop Elements.

Tips & Warnings

Tip 1: Use a large brush size and you will be able to paint quickly onto the screen.

Tip 2: If you are posting images to the web, it is best to post images that are 640 pixels wide (or smaller). Use the File, Save for Web menu item to make images smaller before you post them. The extra benefit of using this method is that all of your layers will be flatten upon export, keeping your original project files intact.