The Clone Stamp Tool—Copy Pixels from Document to Document

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Barb BrookbankI’m always thinking of ways to stretch my scrapbooking stash. So when I look at an element in a kit, I try to imagine how I could tweak it to better suit my scrapbook page.

I love little scatters or sprays of beads, hearts, leaves, and flowers. I usually add them to my page just the way they are, but they can be a source of some surprising and fun shapes.

Today I’m going to show you how to use a scatter in a completely different way—using the Clone Stamp tool!


Step One: Prepare the Workspace

  • Open a scrapbook page (File > Open) and a scatter that you want to use. I’m using the Mini Scatter from ‘Vagabond’ by One Little Bird, previously available with the Costco PSE 10 CD.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Window > Images > Tile. (Photoshop: choose Window > Arrange > Tile All Vertically).

Step Two: Set the Options for the Clone Stamp Tool

  • Get the Clone Stamp tool.
  • In the Tool Options choose a hard round brush from the Brush Picker.
  • Set the Size to 125 px, the Opacity to 100%, and the Mode to Normal.
  • Most scatters will be on a transparent background, but if you are using a scatter that is on a layered document, you will have to uncheck Sample All Layers. (Photoshop: set Sample to Current Layer.)
  • Open the Clone Overlay settings. Make sure Show Overlay is unchecked. (Photoshop: choose Window > Clone Source to open the Clone Overlay settings.)

Step Three: Clone the Flower

  • Make the scatter the active document.
  • Place the brush over one flower, making sure that no other flower is inside the circle. (Use the Left or Right Bracket keys to decrease or increase the size of the brush.)
  • Press the Alt key (Mac: Option key) and click on the flower.

Step Four: Paint the Flower to the Scrapbook Page

  • Make the scrapbook page the active document.
  • In the Layers panel, click on the top layer to activate it.
  • Click on the Create a New Layer icon in the Layers panel.
  • Place the brush where you want the flower to land and click once. Your flower will appear. Because you have placed the flower on its own layer you will have the option to move it, change the size, and add a drop shadow.
  • Repeat the above steps, making sure to put each flower on its own layer.

Digi Scrap Tutorial: The Clone Stamp Tool—Copy Pixels from Document to Document by Barb Brookbank
Layout: Live for the Moment by Barb Brookbank
Background Paper and Scatter: Vagabond Mini Kit by One Little Bird, previously available with the Costco CD (PSE 10)
Frame: Christmas Lights kit by Julie Billingsley
Wordstrip: Day by Day Mini Kit by Digilicious Designs, previously available with the Costco CD (PSE 10)
Quote: Henry David Thoreau
Font: Bickley Script

Download this Digi Scrap Tutorial

8 Responses

  1. Eva Maddox
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    Wonderful idea and so simple too, yet the result is very elegant. As always, you gals never disappoint with your tutorials! Thank you!

  2. janrutti
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    Pardon me for I may be asking a very silly question…but can you explain what you mean when you say ‘open up a scatter’ I see it as not being a brush as you go on to say ‘choose a hard round brush”
    I don’t have the mini kit by One Little Bird, so I will need to accquire a scatter of make my own, do you know of a tutorial for this.
    Thank you for bringing us shuch great tutorials

    • Barb Brookbank
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      Not a silly question, JR! Yes, for this tutorial, when I say ‘scatter’ I don’t mean a brush. Do you have many scrapbook kits? If so – try searching through them to find an element such as beads, leaves, or flowers that look like they are scattered :). You could try searching the internet for free digital scrapping scatters.

  3. janrutti
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    Yes I agree a great idea and I bet it’s a very simple proccedure but I can’t get passed the first part when it asks “open up a SCATTER”. WHAT IS A SCATTER?
    I thought it must be a brush but then the tutorial goes on to say OPEN UP A BRUSH, so it can’t be that.
    Can you please help me…would love to have a try at this tutorial today.

    • Barb Brookbank
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      Hi janrutti! Sorry for the confusion – I answered your question earlier – if that doesn’t help, perhaps I could help you find a scatter? A scatter is just an element like a frame or a button you find in a kit. Let me know how it goes!

  4. janrutti
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    Oh thank you Barb I will let you know how I progress!
    and hopefully send an example
    Many Thanks

  5. janrutti
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    Hi Barb It worked out great I managed to find a free scatter from ‘Snip Snap Time to Scarp’ free rusty star.
    Now I am going to make my own scatters and once again…THANKS

  6. Barb Brookbank
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    Yay! I’m going to check out that scatter you found! 🙂

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