Revision Date: 27 August 2015

Clone Stamp Tool Clone Stamp

This tool is used to copy regions of pixels from one location to another. The source and destination can be on the same layer or different layers within the same image.

To use the Clone Stamp, first set the source point where the pixels will be copied from.  Do this by clicking an area of the image while holding down the Ctrl key.


Set the source point by Ctrl + clicking on the source.  Repeating Ctrl + Click resets the source to the newly clicked location.

Navigate to the destination location (where you want the pixels to be copied to). Click and drag to copy from the source to the destination.  Note that the source point moves in the same path as the tool. This results in the tool path being copied as a stripe rather than just the source point.

The relationship between the source and destination is fixed using the click following the setting of the source point.  Once the relationship is set, the points remain locked together.  This relationship will persist through tool changes and other editing operations.  To break the link, set the source point anew by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on a fresh source point.

Tool Bar Options

Clone Stamp inherits the Brush Width, Hardness and Anti-Aliasing settings from the Tool Bar.  In addition, a Blend Mode can be applied which is just like a layer blend only specific to the tool path.

In the picture below, the orange has been cloned to appear as part of the apple.



Example 1

Cloning with horizontal mouse movements to copy stripes from the orange over the apple.


While cloning, circles are drawn to indicate the source and destination.