Removing Objects with the Clone Stamp Tool

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Removing objects when editing your photos with the clone stamp tool is a breeze in ON1 Photo RAW. Learn how the clone stamp tool helps you speed up your retouching workflow. The clone stamp tool is a powerful retouch tool that allows you to remove or move objects, people, and textures in your photo. To access the clone stamp tool just hit the “s” key on your keyboard. Using the clone stamp tool you can quickly and easily remove large or small objects in ON1 Photo RAW.

Things to remember when using the clone stamp tool:

1. Tonality

When choosing your anchor point (the area you are cloning from) remember to select a tonality that will blend naturally with the background of the object you’re removing. For example, if you are trying to remove a bird from a sky, choose an anchor point nearest to the bird, so the sky tones are similar.

2. Brush Size

Choose a brush size that is similar to what you are removing because it will help you remove the object more naturally and in fewer brush strokes. When I’m removing people from a scene, I like to choose a brush size similar to the size of the persons head or even a little bigger. To quickly increase or decrease your brush size, use your bracket keys on your keyboard ( [ , ] )

3. Use lines as your guide

Use lines in your photo as a reference when removing objects or people. For example, if you have a person standing on a beach, use the waves and tide lines as your guides when brushing them out.


11 comments on “Removing Objects with the Clone Stamp Tool”

  1. On July 28, 2018 at 4:03 pm Doug Testa wrote:

    Hi Dylan
    Is there a reason why you are using a feather of 100 in the cloning?

    1. On July 30, 2018 at 11:43 am Dylan Kotecki replied:

      Hey Doug,
      Thanks for watching. I like to use 100 as my feathering because I feel it makes it easier to blend my cloned area onto the area or object I’m trying to get rid of. I’m a huge fan of soft brushes when it comes to blending and masking things.


  2. On July 30, 2018 at 11:52 am Chris Baird wrote:

    I understand that the clone tool doesn’t work if you are using the Lightroom plug-in. Any chance that could be possible in the future?

  3. On July 31, 2018 at 3:57 am Hector Fabian Garrido wrote:

    Hi Dylan, thank you very much for such a detailed and simple use of the tool. Greetings from the South of the Argentine Patagonia.

  4. On July 31, 2018 at 6:42 pm Adrianne Forrest wrote:

    Hi Dylan, Great tutorial, but excuse me I am not the greatest with tech stuff, I have an ASUS laptop operating Windows 10, The option Key is an apple Key, what is the equivalent in my laptop please. I have tried all sorts and it wont work.

    1. On August 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm Edward Cramer replied:

      On Windows the ALT key is same as option on a Mac. If that is not working be sure to hold down the ALT key while clicking on the anchor point in the picture.

  5. On August 6, 2018 at 7:52 am Dan Beaudet wrote:

    Just watched three of your ‘tip of the week’ videos… cloning, blurring. dof. Really well done. Excellent teaching style – THANKS!

  6. On August 6, 2018 at 7:58 am Colleen McGunnigle wrote:

    Great tutorial! What feature would I use to get rid of the gray texture from the background on a watercolor painting? The texture only appears in the background where you see this expanse of white paper, not the painting. The background needs to be solid white. Thanks so much!

  7. On August 6, 2018 at 10:03 am Carol Le Briton wrote:

    Dylan, thanks for the great videos. I have a question; did you sample different areas in the scene?
    You went from waves to sand on the beach and I did not see you resample. You cannot do that in Photoshop.. Very informative – keep them coming!

  8. On August 14, 2018 at 2:50 am mordehai sela wrote:

    very helpful especially when you cannot achieve this during the real shot

  9. On September 15, 2018 at 1:12 pm Rusty Page wrote:

    Hi Dylan,

    Quick question. When you were brushing out the people in the last photo, I noticed that you used the grayish horizontal tide line as your anchor point. I was wondering why it didn’t replace the people with that gray color throughout their image (i.e, when the brush reached the sand area, how did it know to color it sandy, instead of your anchor point of gray?

    I really love your tips of the week.


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