Erase Stuff Out of Your Pictures!

Erase Stuff Out of Your Pictures!
June 1, 2017 Tanya Friedland

Have you ever looked at one of your photos and thought, “Ughhhh. This would be perfect if that hair wasn’t out of place…if that fence wasn’t broken…if my thumb wasn’t in the frame…if my sister hadn’t insisted on having her new boyfriend in all my wedding photos when we knew they were just going to break up anyway.”

If any of these situations sound familiar to you, you’ll be happy to know there’s a solution! Just like magic (and some plastic surgery procedures) clone has the ability to “erase” parts of your photos by covering them up with details from the surrounding area. Watch this nifty video to learn how to edit something out of a picture or skim below to glean the highlights.

How to use clone

Clone works by taking a portion of your original photo and applying it over something you don’t want to see. The part of the image that you’re borrowing from is called the “Source.” The brush you use for your source mirrors the brush you use when you paint on the new area, so when you adjust your brush size, keep in mind that it’s going to apply to both the Source and the brush.

Clone is dynamic, so when you paint your brush along the new area, the source moves with it. If you’re cloning something that’s a little bit complicated, like if you wanna fix that fence, for example, you probably want to keep re-picking your source so that you don’t veer off and start painting on a part of the image that you don’t want. Don’t worry if that happens, though. You can always select the eraser to remove something that you didn’t mean to clone.

You can also adjust the Brush hardness slider if you want to paint the clone on with a softer edge. (This works well for something like a cloudy sky.) Use the Fade slider to let part of the original image show through. This can be a cool look if you’re going for something abstract or kind of trippy.

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Need more convincing that Clone is your photo savior? Check out these Clone-enhanced before and afters and then show us yours with the #PicMonkey.

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Get that stranger outta your beach pic! Now your selfie’s all about you and that beautiful backdrop.

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Don’t let stray thumbs ruin your awesome view! Clone zaps it right out.

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Fido’s super cute and all, but he’s not gonna help you sell your house. Give him to the Clone!


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Tanya Friedland
Tanya is a copywriter at PicMonkey, a company that has greatly improved her life by allowing her to Zombify her friends and Santa-ify her enemies. A native Seattleite, she dreams of one day being a contestant on The Price Is Right.