Used well, the tool can be an incredibly powerful choice that can help you erase whole sections of an image without anything looking out of place. And, when combined with the other editing tools in Pixelmator, the app becomes a one-stop shop for every photo fix you need to make. Oh, and…
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First of all, select the Clone Stamp tool from the main Tools menu. If you don’t see this menu you can access it from the View menu bar option.
Before you start editing your shot, duplicate your layer. In the Layers menu hold the Alt key and drag to duplicate. Uncheck the box next to the new layer.
Now you need to select a brush for applying your stamp. You can choose from brush collections using the cog on the right, then select a brush above.
Next, you can customise your brush. It’s best to go for one of the default brushes, ensuring Spacing is on a low setting and the Jitter sliders are at zero.
You can also alter brush hardness. For blending purposes it’s usually better to opt for a Hardness setting close to zero when using Clone Stamp.
Now you can go to work. To sample an area,
hold the Alt key and click. Your cursor will change depending on whether you’re stamping or cloning.
Click to stamp the area you’ve just sampled over the current selection. You can click and drag to start painting onto the image, with the sample following.
You can change settings, with choices including a sample of all layers and an option that makes the sample stay where it is when stamping.
To compare with the original shot, go back to your duplicated layer and check the box again. Use the Opacity control to see what’s changed.
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