STEP 1: Select the Clone Stamp
We are going to touch up this great frog image. We’ll start by cleaning up some of the dark spots on the leaves. To do this, select the Clone Stamp tool. In the same menu you will also find the Healing Brush tool, which is great for working on skin. We’re going to work on a duplicate layer too, so that we can always revert to the original if things go wrong.
STEP 2: Set your brush size
There are two main options when using the Clone Stamp. The first is the Brush. Here you can alter the Size and Hardness of the brush by dragging with your finger watching the values that appear on-screen. You can also alter the Opacity and Flow values, just as you would in Photoshop, by dragging the sliders from left to right. The icon in the bottom-right has Stylus Pressure controls.
STEP 3: Pick source and start Cloning
The second option that you need to set is the Source. When this icon is active, you can click anywhere on the photo to set the source. You need to make sure that you switch back to Brush before you start to work over the area that you want to clone. You can keep switching between the two to select new sources as you work over the photo, removing any blemishes from the leaves.
STEP 4: Add depth of field with Blur
Cloning done, we’re now going to enhance the depth of field effect that is already present in the shot by blurring the background more. You could make a selection of the background and apply a Gaussian Blur to it, but we want a little more control, so we’re using the Blur tool from the toolbar to selectively add blur where we need it. Again, you can set the brush up as you need, and the Blur option sets the strength of the effect. You may need to keep altering the strength as you work on different areas.
STEP 5: Sharpen up
Now that we have the image looking the way that we want, we are going to sharpen it up as a final touch. There is a Sharpen filter in the Effects (fx) menu, from the Basic options. This brings up an Intensity slider, which you can drag to increase the effect. The image is instantly updated with the results, but it isn’t set in stone until you hit Apply. Our image is quickly and easily improved with a few controls.