If you're looking to surgically remove people or objects from a photo, just as if you made them disappear from the shot, Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool works wonders. Just tell the software what pixels you'd like to replace (known as the target area), and what pixels you'd like to use instead (the source area). In this handy guide, we've shared how to harness the Clone Stamp tool to create cleaner and more compelling images, as if by magic.
Learn the Basics
Create a New Layer
Now you're ready to learn some smart practices when using the Clone Stamp tool. First, we recommend always creating a new layer before altering your original image. This allows you to make non-destructive edits that keep the original image intact, and if you don't like how the changes look, you can just create a new layer and start over.
Use the Zoom Function
Next, we recommend zooming in as much as possible when using the Clone Stamp, so that you can see exactly what you're doing. If your edits look good at 80% or 100% zoom, they'll look spectacular when you zoom out. Generally, the fastest way to zoom in and out on Photoshop is by holding the Alt key and then moving your mouse's scroll wheel. You can also hold CTRL/Command and press the + and - keys.
Choose Your Brush Settings
Though you can tweak the Clone Stamp's brush thickness on the options bar, it's much faster to use the keyboard shortcuts. Pressing "[" will make your brush smaller, and "]" will make it larger. Having quick access to these controls is great for adjusting the brush on the fly, whether you need to zoom in and paint a tiny detail, or zoom out and paint a huge area.