Paint Shop Pro Tutorial: Cloning Tool

The cloning tool in paint shop pro can be used to remove unwanted elements from your photos. If anything is in the way or affecting the quality of your photo then you can use the cloning tool to remove it.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Digital Image
  • Paint Shop Pro

Step 1 - Opening Your Image

First you need to open Paint Shop Pro and then use it to load your image. You can do this by clicking "File" "Open", or "File" "Browse". The browse function will be the easiest option to use as this allows you to look at the images on your computer to open them.

Step 2 - Arranging the Workplace

Paint shop pro is a very flexible tool which can be arranged and set up in a number of different ways. There are different palettes which can be moved around and even removed. When you want to remove parts of the image using the clone brush you will need to make sure the toolbox, layers palette, and tool options palette are all visible. These can be selected in the "View" menu in Paint shop Pro.

Step 3 - Creating a New Layer

You should now create a new layer. Layers are very important tools to use when editing images in paint shop pro. You can use layers to edit the image without actually affecting what's underneath. They are quite simply a digital version of tracing paper which means you can get rid of the changes very easily if required. To create a new layer click "Layers" "New Raster Layer", or click the small icon in the layers palette.

A layers option dialog box will pop up, you do not need to change any of these settings. Just click OK to create your new layer. Layers will protect your background layer from being changed. You might want to rename this layer so that you know exactly what will be inside.

Step 4 - Cloning

Select the new layer and then choose the clone tool from the toolbox. When you do this you will notice the tool options palette change. Set the shape of the clone tool to round, the size to 32, opacity to 100, step to 25, and blend mode to normal. Check both the Sample Merged and Align Mode check boxes.

Set the clone brush up by right clicking on an area that is not affected by the imperfection. This will lock the clone brush and make it possible to paint the pixels somewhere else. Paint using the clone brush by holding down the left mouse button and removing the imperfection.

The source of the cloned pixels will move when you move the brush so keep an eye on what you are copying to your picture. If you do make a mistake then simply use the undo tool to reverse the changes.

Step 5 - Finishing Touches

Adjust the size of the clone tool so that you can get into all of the gaps in the photo. If there are any straight edges then you might be better off using a smaller square brush along the edges. Now all you need to do is flatten your layers and save your image in a format which can then be shared and printed.

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