I wrote a tutorial a while back about using the clone stamp but had some extra tips to add. Specifically, you can use the selection tool and an extra layer to give yourself more control over your clone stamping actions.
Using the selection tool to control the clone stamp
A student brought this image to my Photoshop class last year and I asked him if I could turn it into a tutorial since it was such a good example of using the clone stamp. Not to mention that Machu Picchu looks pretty amazing and is on my travel wishlist.
Here is the before image, sadly ruined by some wandering tourists:
Here is the corrected version:
Since it was easier to explain this editing task via a video tutorial, here is the YouTube link below:
A simple summary:
I selected the areas where the tourists were in the picture, carefully excluding the rock and Peruvian in the foreground. Since the rock and Peruvian were excluded from my selection, I could clone stamp with ease, not worrying about crossing over any visual lines.
If you watch the video all the way through: yes, my dog really does beg for attention the entire time I make these video tutorials…
Next tutorial on my to do list: An overview of Lightroom, explaining it’s key features and best uses.