Lighten Up with the Clone Tool

I was working on some images yesterday and as I was eliminating a shadow in one particular shot, the thought crossed my mind to share the simple technique I was using.  The clone tool is often used to eliminate unwanted items in an image but it can also be used to lighten or darken areas based on the sample source.  That is what I did with this particular image.  Take a look at the before and after shots below and then scroll down a little further to watch the video that explains how I got my results.  I bet this is one little tip that you will definitely keep handy in your processing bag of tricks.

A quick little note about the tutorial.  Although I am using Photoshop CS4 for this tutorial, the technique works in older versions of Photoshop as well.

Before using the clone stamp tool

Before using the clone stamp tool

After the clone tool

After the clone tool

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  • Craig Lee

    That was very informative. This was the first tutorial that I’ve seen that used a different blend mode with the clone stamp tool. Thanks a lot!

  • James Howe

    Very useful tip!

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  • Ina Bechhoefer


    This is brillant. I can’t wait to try this.


    P.S. I was saddened when I found out that I was not going to be able to join you and the others again on the DC Photowalk, as I will be in Italy during July. However, I have been following the new cities added and just discovered that a photowalk in Livorno (only an hour or so away from where I stay) has been added. The friend I am visiting is also a photographer, so we have both signed up. “Ain’t” that great.

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