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Photoshop Healing and Cloning Quick Tip

By Pye Jirsa on October 21st 2014

Healing and Cloning in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I’m covering a helpful, quick tip when healing and cloning inside of Photoshop. Check out the video and article below to see how I non-destructively edit an image inside Photoshop!

Watch the Photoshop Healing and Cloning Quick Tip Video

Step 1: Create a Blank Layer


Many editors create a duplicate layer so they can make changes to it without affecting the layer below. This is a good way to non-destructively edit a photo, but there is a simpler approach. What I do is create a blank layer. From here, I select the healing Brush or Clone Stamp tool.

Step 2: Change Sample Setting


Typically, these “tools” come default to Sample “Current Layer” which we don’t want. If we try to use the Healing Brush or Clone Stamp, nothing is going to happen. If we change the sample to “Current & Below,” the tool will sample from the blank layer as well as the layer below it.

Step 3: Retouch Your Photo


Now you can start retouching your image. If you hide the background layer, you can see all the changes you’re making on the blank layer. This is an advantage when retouching, because if you decide you want to delete some retouches at any point in time, you can simply erase it from the blank layer.

Conclusion & More Info

For those of you who are getting started in Photoshop retouching, this is a great tip to keep in mind. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. For more tutorials like these, be sure to check out our YouTube channel.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Erika Pinkley

    Super awesome tip!

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  2. md Rasel

    Its simply great and helpful thanks for sharing such valuable things.

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  3. md Rasel

    Its so easy to understand about your thought but its so useful things.

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  5. saeed Ebrahimi

    very good
    thanks for sharing

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  6. izabela mieliwodzki

    Great tip , thanks !!

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  7. Basit Zargar


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  9. Fernando Lachica

    I’ve got another know-how about photoshop.

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  10. Peter Nord

    When you’ve been doing this stuff for years it is easy to forget that there are always people learning for the first time. Pye is to be commended for not forgetting.

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  11. Trevor Chapman

    I love any tip that helps simplify my workflow

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  12. Chet Meyerson

    Two thumbs up!

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  13. طراحی وب سایت

    very good tanx admin

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  14. Pye

    Haha, thanks guys. Simple, but effective, hope it helps =)

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  15. Clare Havill

    Great tip, wish I had known about this earlier today, it would have saved me a lot of time!

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  16. Nick DiGiallonardo

    So simple but highly effective. Nice tip Pye!

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