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The Rubber Stamp concept is taken directly from the
real world. The Palette Options make it a power tool.
Rubber Stamp Options
The difference between aligned and non-aligned
is the thing to remember. It refers to the relationship between
the cursor and the reference point.
Clone Align treats the reference point as a
dance partner. They move together in a precise and constant
relationship. No matter how many times the mouse is activated to
stamp an image, the relationship never changes.
It is a wonderful tool for cleaning up backgrounds.
It is probably the most popular Rubber Stamp option.
Clone Non-aligned treats the reference point as a
fixed point on the image. Every time the rubber stamp is activated,
the reference image is painted from the starting point.
I find this very awkward. This requires the
action to be completed in one continuous mouse or pen motion. I
would appreciate a keyboard modifier to hold the reference point while
I relax my hand.
Retouching Using Clone Align
Taking a lint mark out of the background is a
snap. To establish the Clone Align reference point, hold down
the Alt-key and click the rubber stamp cursor in the target area
indicated by the circle.
Choose your stamp size from the Brushes Palette.
Click on the 17 pixel blurred edge brush. The blurred edge helps to
feather-in the retouching.
Double clicking in the brush selection cell
will open its dialog box. Look at this treasure chest window on
Remove the lint mark with a stamping (spotting)
action. Compared to the tedious use of spotone (a semi-poisonous dye),
Cloning is a lot safer, faster, and more fun.
The background irregularity which you may
see is a JPG artifact in the display image and not a bad retouching
From Snapshot and Saved
They are both straight forward variations on
the basic stamping idea. Combined with Clone and Pattern, the results
can be richly complex and painterly.
Take Snapshot is an option below Define
Pattern under the Edit menu.
The Impressionist option was unimpressive.
I found it labor intensive and frustrating. It inspired me to
finding a more intuitive method. The process went as follows:
Duplicate your master image (drag the master
negative/background to the New Layers icon). Apply the
following filters to the work copy layer.
- Filter > Noise > Add Noise...
- Filter > Blur > Motion Blur >
Radius value 1
The effects were right but too much detail was
lost. I played with the opacity settings on layers 1 and 2. I finally
added a third layer for more detail.
The final look resulted from the combination
of Filter effects and Layers opacity adjustments.
- Layer #3:
More Detail Layer at 50% opacity.
- Layer #2:
Work/Effects Layer at 72% opacity.
- Layer #1:
Background/Negative layer at 68% opacity.
Lets get into Filters and Plug-Ins next.
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