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Using the Clone Brush in Paint Shop Pro

How many times have you taken a photo, then got home and realised there was something you missed seeing at the time spoiling the shot. It must have happened at least once, but with digital imaging tools like Paint Shop Pro it can often be easily fixed.

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Using the Clone Brush in Paint Shop Pro

Let's take a typical example, the above statue photograph. So involved was the photographer in composing the shot that he didn't spot the graffiti at the base. In this case there would have been little he could have done at the time to hide this fact, save for zooming in on the main statue and excluding the graffiti part. Or of course being so good as to take a cleaning cloth to it, and spend a long time scrubbing away but that seems unlikely. On your computer you can make these marks vanish in seconds, with no hard scrubbing at all.

We'll start by looking closer at the problem area.
Using the Clone Brush in Paint Shop Pro
Now, one common mistake is to select a colour similar to that of the statue and brush over the graffiti like so:
Using the Clone Brush in Paint Shop Pro
This bad type of paint brushing will stand out more when the photo is printed and is far from ideal. A much better solution which can even be done quicker, is to use Paint Shop Pro's clone brush.
When you've selected the clone brush choose the correct brush size and zoom into the area you want to change. Now right click on an area similar to the graffiti area in terms of colour and shade.
Using the Clone Brush in Paint Shop Pro

In the picture above the area you should right-click area is represented by the red circle. After right-clicking there, move the brush to the area you want to brush over represented by the red cross. When you use the brush you will see that the area of graffiti disappears from the photo.

Using the Clone Brush in Paint Shop Pro
The graffiti-free clone brushed version

Things to you might do wrong with the clone brush are:
1. Accidentally create patterns on the photo from cloning the same area repeatedly. This will stand out and make it easy to detect your photo has been digitally manipulated. So be careful to check for patterns and correct any mistakes through cloning of similar areas or if possible use the undo feature.

2. Cloning the wrong area and creating an unrealistic appearance. To correct this, simply use the undo feature, or if that isn't possible close the image without saving and start again.

Now you've learnt how to use the clone brush to remove graffiti from statues, why not try it on something else. Clone someone out of a group photo, or an object out of a landscape photo. The variations and possibilities are endless, and can be very difficult so don't be disheartened if at first you aren't very successful.

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