In this next installment, Ana demonstrates how to create a composite of a multiple photos using the clone tool.
See the other tutorials in this series here.
Applying the Clone Stamp Tool to Photos to create a Composition.
The Clone Stamp tool in Adobe Photoshop enables you to duplicate a designated area of an image and copy it into a different area, or even layer, using a preselected brush. You can take advantage of the features of any brush by using the Clone Ctamp tool as you would any brush.
Part 1. Select Photos
1. Create Foundation. Open and move select images of your choice onto a new 12 X 12 300DI file. Ensure your focal image has adequate detail and the supporting images enhance the story of the layout for best results.
2. Apply Water Color Effect. Apply a watercolor effect to the focal image using the technique of your choice. See Part 1 of 6 of this series for step-by-step instructions on creating a watercolor effect.
Part 2. Use Clone Stamp tool on Supporting Photos
Use the Clone Stamp tool to duplicate areas of the supporting images. These selections will then be stamped on new layers over the focal image to create accents and details of interest.
1. Select the clone stamp tool. Click on the Clone Stamp tool from the Tools palette. Select desired brush type and make adjustments to settings, including size, in the Options Bar at the top of your screen. I recommend using either a watercolor brush or distressing brush with a significant surface area.
2. Suggested Clone stamp Values/Presets. Consider adjusting the various settings as follows: alter the intensity of the brush to 1) Mode = Normal, 2) Opacity = 100%, and 3) Flow = 50% - 100%. You will also need to experiment with different Brush Presets in the Brushes palette to yield best results depending in the size of your supporting images. For example 1) Spacing = 74%, 2) Sizing = 125, 3) Angle = 0 degrees. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the brush, the lower the opacity. Size of the brush should be in a proportion of the area of the image to be cloned.
3. Use of the Clone Stamp Tool. Click on the supporting image layer in the Layers palette, position the cursor over the area you want to clone from photo, and then ALT-click (Windows) or OPTION-click (Mac) to define the clone source point. The cursor will change to a circular crossed icon indicating that the source point has been defined for the Clone Stamp tool.
4. Clone the Supporting Image. Create a new layer directly above the supporting image layer (i.e. the cloned layer). Stamp or paint on the new layer to copy the source point information to the new layer. Repeat as needed. Turn off the visibility of the image layer to reveal the cloned image only and reposition over the focal image using the Move tool from the tools panel. You may also consider duplicating the cloned layers to increase the intensity of the layers as needed.
Part 3. Create Background Using Artplay Palette Paperie.
ArtsyPaper1.jpg from Artplay Palette Together creates the background, to which texture and color is added through the use of Transfers.
1. Add Transfers. Open a selection of transfers from the ArtPlay Palette of your choice, and arrange on your layout as desired. I positioned Transfer6.png and Transfer8.png from Artplay Palette Together on my layout.
Transfers and overlays are a great way to add blended texture, color and dimension to any composition simply by dragging and dropping onto your layout.
Resize and rotate the transfers as desired. I placed Transfer6.png against the right border of the layout and Transfer8.png in the lower left corner.
Note. Ensure that the transfer layers sit directly above the background layer by moving them down the layer stack in the Layers palette. Embellish the page further with WarmGlows and a border as needed. Save your new composition and enjoy!