This is a simple tutorial on how to use the clone tool in Photoshop to create fun and interesting images! Instead of using layers which is a more complicated process, I am going to show you how to use the clone tool to “transfer” elements of one photograph onto another one. Learning this tool can be very useful for all sorts of fun special effects. There is one important datum to note: Always make sure your light source for each element of the image is coming from a similar direction. Light that comes from two different directions can look very fake. I have chosen two photographs taken at near the same time and from the same position in space.
Open up the two images you want to combine in Photoshop. Highlight the one you want to be the base shot. Click on the Image tab and go to Image Size. Note the size of the image. Now click on ( highlight) the other image and click on Image and then Image Size. Change the size of that image to match the base photo. Click on Save As and save it as a different image than your original. Now go to the Clone Tool on the Tool Bar to the left. It looks like a picture of a the head and shoulders of a little man. Now select it. Go over to the element in your second picture you would like to transfer to the base image. An example would be, a duck in the second image that you want to transfer to the water in the base image. Now put the cursor over the duck and press Alt. and Left Click at the same time. You have now take a mini shot of the area you covered with your cursor. Now go over and highlight the base image. Decide where you want your duck to be, put your cursor there and click. A portion of the duck will show up. Hold down the left click button while using a stroke motion to “paint” in the duck onto base image. Now if you are not careful you will bring the background of the duck too and that will show around the edges of the duck, so the duck must be painted very carefully so as not to bring in the other background. This takes some practice but can be fairly easy.
I have an example of two images that I combined into one, using the same two people, making it look like two sets of twins. See how I tried to make it look real by strategically placing the people so they look like they are in the correct aspect with each other.