Using the Clone Brush

Using the Clone Brush

Welcome to this tutorial on Using the Clone Brush in Corel PaintShop Pro.



In this demonstration, we will show you how to remove an unwanted portion of a photo.

The Clone Brush is used to cover parts of an image by copying colors or patterns from a neighboring area.

In this example, I’ll remove the woman from this photo of the opera house.

1. First, launch PaintShop Pro and make sure that the Edit workspace is active.


2. Select the Clone Brush from the Tools toolbar .


3. You can adjust the brush size in the Tool Options palette at the top of your screen or, position the brush cursor near the area that you want to remove and hold down the Alt key while you drag to adjust the brush to the size you need.


4. Next, zoom into the area you’re going to be working on by rolling the mouse wheel forward or by using the zoom controls at the top of the screen.


5. A clone source is an area of the image you want to copy to cover up another area. To select the clone source, right-click with your mouse and a circle will appear around the area.

6. Next, click the part of the image you want to cover over. You can also drag the cursor over the selected area which is useful when you need to continue cloning along a hard edge.

Study the surrounding areas for clues as to what the background probably looked like so you can choose a good clone source. In this example, you can see that the cloud probably continues over this area.


This area below is just empty sky so it will be a little easier to clone.

When you’re using the Clone Brush, it’s normal to change the brush size and the clone source often to properly match the background.

Don’t be afraid to make a mistake and remember – artistic license goes a long way when it comes to cloning.

7. For the finishing touches, you can decrease the opacity of the Clone Brush in the Tool Options palette. This creates a smoother edge around the area you’re covering up, making it almost impossible to detect the edit.


8. From the File menu, select Save As and save a copy of the image with a new name.

Cloning can also be a great way to fix flaws in photos


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Comments (4)

  • Ronald Fox Reply

    I’m pretty unfamiliar with Paintbrush, so the tutorial was quite unhelpful. It told me how to select the source with the clone brush, even told me how to zoom the area covered, but didn’t tell me how to paint the selected source area to the target area. So, I’m left floundering.

    April 24, 2018 at 3:09 pm
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Ron,
      Thanks for your comment. To use the Clone tool, right-click with your mouse to select the clone source, or area you want to copy. Then left-click on the area you want to cover over with the clone source you selected. You can left-click once to cover just one area, or you can hold down your left mouse key and drag over a larger area that you want to cover.

      Hope this helps!
      The Discovery Center team

      April 24, 2018 at 3:26 pm
  • Richard Turner Reply

    In the original paintshop-pro it was possible to use the clone tool to overlay parts of one image on to another. I found this easier than having to copy and paste. Is there any chance this feature could be re-introduced ?

    March 5, 2018 at 4:10 am
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Richard,
      To clone from one image to another, open both images and activate the Clone tool. On the image that you want to use as the clone source, right-click on the area that you want to copy. Now go to your second image and click the clone tool on the area where you want to paste what you copied/cloned from your first image.
      Hope this helps!
      The Discovery Center team

      March 5, 2018 at 8:53 am

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