Posts Tagged ‘cloning’

Inpainting Software Removes People and Objects from HD Video

Some pretty amazing new software developed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics is bringing something akin to cloning to the world of HD video. Using a step-by-step process, the software removes moving people or objects from video and then fills in the empty space with data from other frames. Read more…

How to Make a Million Dollars with $871, a DSLR, and Photoshop

Evan Sharboneau over at Photo Extremist shot this crazy photograph of “a room filled with an obnoxious amount of money”. It wasn’t shot with a truckload of cash, nor was it created using CGI. Instead, Sharboneau used $871 in cash — a total of just 29 separate bills. He spent 4 hours photographing the room 170 times with the money placed in different locations in each frame, and then spent 5 hours merging all the photographs together in Photoshop. You can find Sharboneu’s video tutorial on this cloning technique here, and a tutorial we published a while back here.

A Room Filled with an Obnoxious Amount of Money [Photo Extremist]

Image credit: Photograph by Evan Sharboneau

AP Sacks Photographer for Cloning His Shadow Out of an Image

The AP has sacked photographer Miguel Tovar for “deliberate and misleading photo manipulation” after Tovar cloned out his own shadow from a feature photograph. The Photoshopping came to light after an alert photo editor spotted a strange looking dust pattern in a photo of Argentinian children playing soccer.
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How to Make a Photograph with Clones

You might have seen clone photographs while browsing around on the Web before, but do you know how to shoot and post-process photographs that have multiple instances of a person? Here’s a video tutorial by Gavin Hoey teaching you the process (the resulting photo can be seen here).

If you’d prefer a non-video tutorial on the same thing, we posted a pretty popular tutorial on it back in 2009, titled “7 Steps to Taking Clone Photographs“.

Dust, Bird, and Scooter

Here’s a photograph I took of my brother skateboarding (or attempting to) back in 2005:

IMG_2840 (print)

This post is a very basic tutorial on using the clone stamp tool in Photoshop to remove distracting elements from a photograph. It’s not really about the taking or the general post-processing of this photo. I’ll just touch on these two things very briefly:

This was taken with a Canon 20D at ISO 400 with a pretty fast shutter speed, 1/800th of a second. I was trying to copy some of the faded action shots you sometimes see in magazines or surreal portraits, so I asked my brother to fall off his skateboard onto the grass in dramatic ways, and took as many photographs as possible. Aside from what I’ll cover regarding the clone tool, the other things I did during post-processing were desaturate and increase contrast.

Now, here’s the original photograph that was shot in JPEG:


There were 3 things that I found distracting in the photo:

  1. There was a scooter lying in the background
  2. Dust on the lens or sensor caused spots in the sky
  3. A random bird decided to add a dark shape to my photo


To get rid of these things, we can use the clone stamp tool. The keyboard shortcut for this tool is the S key.

First, you need to select where you want to clone pixels from. You can do this by holding the Alt key (or the Option key if you’re on a Mac) and clicking somewhere on the photo. You can then draw over the elements of the photo you want to remove, drawing over it with the pixels from the area you selected.

Here’s a video walkthrough of what I did:

After removing the unwanted elements, I then touched up the photo as described above, and ended up with this (hover over the image to compare it to the out-of-camera image):

IMG_2840 (print)

You can use this same clone stamp tool to do some pretty awesome stuff, but this was just a basic introduction to it.