Originally Posted by cardsharkk04
Hey Suz, do you think you could give me a little bit of an in depth description of the clone painting technique? I'm very familiar with using layer masks in PS, but I still don't really understand how it is different. Thanks!
You kind of just have to try it to see if it feels different. Maybe you are so used to layer masks it won't feel right for you.
1. Do normal image-wide stuff in Camera RAW
2. Make a copy of your base layer and open it in a new document.
3. Open new doc (pallete) preferably side by side with your target doc (let's call it canvas)
4. Blow up both docs to 1600 or something.
5. Select clone tool, make sure it's on a smallish size like 10-20px.
6. Alt-click to target clone tool so it's perfectly aligned in the bottom left corner of the pallette (use the big circle touching the edges)
7. Click to apply clone tool to exact lower left of canvas (same technique with circle).
8. Make desired changes to pallette (say for one band of color you want to enhance).
9. Paint changes onto canvas using (usually) low opacity, and appropriate brush size.
10. Use history to undo changes to the pallette (if nec.) and start work on another piece.
That's pretty much it. Just give it a try and come back with questions.