If you captured the perfect photo, but there is something that is missing or perhaps something that you would like to duplicate so your photo can look more appealing, using the “duplicate tools” in Photoshop cs6 is the thing for you.
You don’t have to be an expert in Photoshop to duplicate items.
Just follow these instructions and these black&white arrows and you will see how simple and easy it actually is.
Plus, you will master it in no time.
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Here are the tools I use in order to duplicate items on my photos:
Before you even start removing items, you must learn how to use layers.
Layers are photo adjustments that you can stack on top of your photo and you can add as many or as few as you like. And if you don’t like the outcome at the end, you can simply delete the layer without affecting the original photo.
To add a layer (or duplicate it) hold “CTRL + j”
1. Move Tool
Add a new layer (press “CTRL + j).
Use any selection tool you like (Lasso Tool, Polygonal Lasso Tool, Magnetic Lasso Tool).
I am often using the Magnetic Lasso Tool for this.
Zoom in the photo for better results.
Outline the object you want to duplicate
If you are using the Magnetic Tool, click as you outline to set a more precise point.
After you got it all selected, you just right-click on the layer you are working on and select “Duplicate Layer”.
To check if you have duplicated it, go over to your “Move Tool”, click on the object and simply move around the object.
Zoom out and place the object according to your preference.
Click “CTRL + D” to deselect the object.
2. Clone Stamp Tool
Add a new layer (press “CTRL + j“) .
Use “[“ or “]” to increase or decrease the size of the brush.
Define a source point without pressing anything.
Or, if there is an ERROR message, hold “ALT + click” to define it.
What the “Clone Stamp Tool” is going to do is copy information from one place, so you can move it somewhere else according to your wish.
Keep in mind that your brush is going to affect how your duplicated item will appear.
Play with the Hardness of the brush and choose a different brush for a different outcome.
If you didn’t duplicate it precisely, add a “Vector Mask” on the Layer.
Then, zoom in the photo. You can also zoom in by holding:
“CTRL and + “ for zooming in
“CTRL and – “ for zooming out.
Use any selection tool you like:
Quick Selection Tool,
Polygonal Lasso Tool or
Magnetic Lasso Tool.
For this kind of photo, I`m using the “Quick Selection Tool”.
Select the item precisely and select the + or – to add or subtract from the selection.
Don’t forget to increase and decrease your brush ( press [ or ] )
Once you have selected your object, right-click and select “Select Inverse”.
Now, click on the Vector Mask (that we previously added to the Layer), select the Brush Tool (or click B on the keyboard) and reverse the color by clicking on the arrows or pressing X on your keyboard.
After you have done all of this, start painting on the extra parts that you don’t need on the photo.
Click “CTRL + D” to deselect.
3. Healing brush
The “Healing brush” works pretty much the same as the “Clone Stamp Tool”.
Add a new layer (press “CTRL + j) .
When you click on the “Healing Brush” option, you get a brush.
You can increase and decrease your brush ( press [ or ] ).
If you just click anywhere, an ERROR message will pop up. That means that you should hold “ALT” and click to define a source point (the part that you want to duplicate).
After you clicked on the object you want to copy, just click and place it anywhere you want.
However, there is a difference between the Healing Brush and the Clone Stamp Tool.
The Clone Stamp Tool gives us the exact copy of the object, while the Healing brush cares about where the destination is and tries to get along and blend in with the background or the place you are placing the object.
Of course, the outcome also relies on the type of brush and the different Brush Hardness.
- After you place your object, do the same thing as you did with the Clone Stamp Tool:
- Add a “Vector Mask” on the Layer
- Use any selection tool and select the object
- Click on the Vector mask
- Select the Brush Tool (or click B on the keyboard)
- Reverse the color by clicking on the arrows or pressing X on your keyboard
- Start painting on the extra parts that you don’t need on the photo
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Also, you can check how I remove unwanted items, change the color on items or even upgrade your smartphone photography game with the Photoshop blur.