Feb 04, 2013

When To Use The Clone Stamp VS. The Healing Brush Tool

Clone Stamp VS Healing Brush Tool

We get a lot of people asking us what the Difference is between the Healing Brush Tool and the Clone Stamp. While they both have similar uses, there is a Difference in how these Tools get the job done.

Both of these Tools let you select a sampling point. This is the part of the image you want to keep, and paint over Distractions and blemishes. The clone stamp paints a complete copy of whatever you select. However, the Healing Brush Tool keeps the Highlights and Shadows of wherever you’re painting and only paints the Color of your sampling area. This makes the Clone Stamp much more suitable for areas with defined edges, since the Healing Brush will only blur the Color and you’ll end up with messy, smudged edges.

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    Here is one of my latest images that I edited just earlier today. I used both tools to fix the skin wrinkles and the various tiny spots.

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    Helen Davies

    Ahhhhh, you make it sound so simplesssss 🙂 I will definitely be trying this now!

    “Git on out of here!” I always wait for that 🙂 XX

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    Hey, i’d like to ask you a little question. I understand this difference between healing brush and clone stamp but there’s something i’ve been using (in Paint Shop Pro, but it’s basically the same). Rather than a healing brush for the texture i sometimes used a clone stamp with less opacity, hardness and density, and it worked quite well for the texture. In this episode you show how to use the healing brush vs full clone stamp (full hardness, opacity, and density). But how can i choose better between a healing brush and an adjusted clone stamp? Thank you

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      Aaron Nace

      Good question. I tend to avoid using the clone stamp tool at a lower opacity because it can create “blurry” areas that are a mix of different textures. If you don’t have a problem with this I think your method will work for both situations! Thanks Monica!

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    Thank you for this video. Really explained the different ways the tools work and what situations to use each one in…finally really get it now! Thanks

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    Wynn White

    This tutorial was very helpful. Thank you very much for posting it!