Tutorial: Clone Tool

Ever get a great shot only to discover that you had your finger over the lens? Don’t despair; simply use the Clone tool to remove your appendage (from the photo, that is). Cloning lets you paint over part of your photo by copying another part of the photo. Learn how with this quick video tutorial:


Or if you like your tutorials still and steady, here’s the step-by-step:

screen shot of a photo with thumb in corner1. Open Photo

Open your photo in our photo editor by dragging it to the “Edit a photo” launch box on the home page. You can also open a photo by clicking “Open” once you’re in the Editor.

screen shot showing Clone effect within the Effects tab2. Choose Clone Tool

Click the Effects tab and scroll to the bottom to find the Clone tool. You can also find the Clone tool in the Touch Up tab.

screen shot showing dotted circle that identifies clone source 3. Select Clone Source

When you move your cursor over your image you’ll see a dotted circle, which identifies the clone source (the area you will copy). Before you start, adjust the “Brush size” slider to fit the area you’re cloning and the “Brush hardness” slider to set the fuzziness of your edges.

Once you have your brush ready, click on the area you want to copy. In our example, we’re going to copy the clouds over the thumb.

screen shot showing bad thumb area getting painted over

4. Paint over the unwanted object

Move your mouse over to the area that you want to paint over (your target area). You’ll see that you have a circular cursor. Click and drag your mouse to paint. You can see that the dotted “source” target moves along to show you what you are copying.

You may need to click to choose a new source target during this process to keep finding the right patch to paint over.screen shot of zoom control

Tip: Use the Zoom Control by clicking the percentage number in the lower right corner to zoom in; this helps if you’re cloning small details. Switch to the photo eraser tool to paint any original parts back in.

screen shot showing finished image

5. Save

Click “Save” on the top toolbar when you’re satisfied with your work, and you’re done!

Check out another helpful article on clone, here.

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  • Leasa D

    oh yea~ I love to “Clone” !! bye-bye ugly patches of grass, wires and yes, also my thumb! Makes the world a little prettier~ and my photos amazing!!

    • lynn

      learning so much! never thought about cloning out all the wires in the sky!

  • http://gravatar.com/kimstrain5 Kim

    Clone is my favorite tool…outside of crop. Then Burst!

    • Asmara

      You should try and contact them, Something isn’t right. I’ve purchased it months ago and it works fine.. I love it :)

      • Jennifer

        It may be your browser. I used to be able to use internet explorer, but now I have to use chrome or firefox, which I don’t mind anyway!

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  • Erlyce

    My mother is blind in one eye. I always clone her good eye and paste it over her “bad” eye and presto…it looks great! My daughter is a plastic surgeon, and I always tease her that I’m a plastic surgeon without a knife!

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      Tricksy, Erlyce!

      • Julya

        haha nice one Erlyce!

  • http://Www.picmonkey.com Hakan

    Dit is echt een goeie bewerk app!!

  • http://creativelenna.tumblr.com/ lenna young andrews

    thanks for the tutorial -would love to see more. I don’t know how to use Dodge or Burn -help!

    • Sharon Mom of 6

      Awesome!! Thank you for this tutorial! This is going to come in so handy, especially to touch up those OLD photos! I thought I’d have to get and learn Photoshop to do this kind of editing…Thanks again!! :)

  • aya

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ma5askun Sweet Ranine

    ohh , so cool !



  • http://Beste CelineBEST

    Beste ever

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      Hi Stephanie. Clone can be found near the bottom of the Effects menu, and also in Touch Up near the bottom of that menu.

  • Stephanie

    What happened to the clone tool? I can’t find it anywhere. It use to be with the make-up and he it shows that it’s under the Burn tool, but it’s not.

  • Oh Donny Boy

    This is just what I’ve been looking for. Works great 10 out of 10.

  • http://Ansam7bi Nanx

    Hi all <3

  • http://Blerox Max

    Trop bien ! 😀

  • http://wala ljrose

    what a laugh

  • nofearoffashion

    I have used Clone a lot but today it does not work. Bummer. #fail

  • Toffiyboiy@gmail.com

    Pls need to knw hw edit my photos on dis site o

  • http://Timmgpadilla Analiza Genavia

    Great ^-^

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  • CT

    I love this except after you click on the area you want to clone, and you click on the area you want to get rid of, the “clone circle” continues to move, cloning other areas of the photo. This works for very small areas, but if you want to get rid of a car in front of a building, for example, it doesn’t work.

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      CT, we suggest clicking the blue “source” button to choose new patches to clone OFTEN. So you’d end up repeating this sequence many times: click-source button + click pic to choose source area + click in area you’re getting rid of

  • http://googlechrome Herbert Stanley Ratnayake

    I am new to photography also like to lean about photo editing,its very interesting and want to gain more knowledge. thank you so much

  • T.S.

    Is it possible to clone something from one photo to another? Or can you Overlay, or somehow put a more flattering face of a person on another photo of that person?

  • The Artist

    Is there a way to freeze the sourced spot so that it won’t clone everything on its way along with the paint circle?

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  • http://allourway.com/ Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Thank you so much — I was using it completely wrong.

  • Judy

    I really like being able to edit with picmonkey, but wonder why you can’t make the source static while you paint over the area you want to change? Why make it so we have to constantly pick a new source? I saw another program like that and it seemed so much easier.

    • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey

      Hey Judy,

      Thanks for the feedback, we’ll add it to the request list!

  • paola


    I have a just quick question, is possible to clone from one picture to another? I can’t the way to do it and I’m getting really frustrated! It will be awesome if someone can answer.

    But overall I love Picmonkey! thanks guys

    • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey

      Hey Paola,

      All of our tools work within one image, so don’t sweat trying to master some special technique.

  • Elaine

    I even “changed my blouse” using clone. I wanted a blouse that wasn’t holiday related to use in my blog and on fb. I found a place on the photo that worked and repeatedly clicked on it, and voila… I had a new blouse. Now I wish I really had one like it.