blogging tips: photo editing

Sometimes I upload a picture only to notice a blanket on the floor, or cords and outlets cluttering the view.

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A little touching up with the clone tool,

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and the cords and outlets disappear.  I wish I could clean house this way. 😉

Have you used the clone feature?  It’s pretty simple to use, but it does take some patience.

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In Picmonkey, you can find the Clone feature under special effects which is the science beaker icon.  Once you click on Clone, a pop up box will appear with instructions to click on the area that you want to clone.

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This is where you need to pay attention to detail such as light, shadows, lines and the other objects in the picture.  Once you select the area to be cloned, use your mouse to  guide the white circle over the area that you are erasing.

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The green circle on the area that you selected to clone follows the movement of the white circle.  Be careful not to start cloning a flower onto tile, or a computer screen onto the desk for example.  When that starts to happen, click on “erase” and start again.  You many need to do this a few times before you’ve completely erased the unwanted scenery.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions.  I have a question:  how do you take clear pictures of screenshots?

Until next time,

by Sharon Hines

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  1. Thanks for the tip! I use PicMonkey but didn’t know about this feature. I’ll give it a try! 🙂

  2. I went to Picmonkey before but couldn’t even figure out how to use it. I am SO darn clueless about pictures……

  3. this is a cool feature in picmonkey. thanks for sharing. now i need to go try to do this!

  4. marymags79 says:

    I have used it, but not in PicMonkey… yet. I first found it in Picassa. It does take patience, but it can be a great way to clean up photos. I’ve been using PicMonkey quite a bit lately because of all of the new fonts and other goodies they’re adding, so the next time I need to “clone clean”, I’ll likely be doing it there. Great post, Sharon! Hope all is well with you! ~Mary

  5. I was so relieved when I saw this feature. It’s a lifesaver!

  6. It takes some trial and error, but then you get the hang of it. Let me know if you have any questions.

  7. It’s been a lifesaver….and a great way to “clean” house! LOL

  8. I’m loving the new fonts! I typically use Picmonkey but sometimes use iPiccy. I like them both.
    How are you?

  9. Ann Drake says:

    I have seen the clone feature but never knew what to do with it. Thanks! You should link this up over at Stone Gable. The Tutorials and tips linky party.

  10. Oh, I’m so glad you reminded me! I was planning to link up and forgot. And I’m glad this post was helpful.

  11. Thank goodness for the clone feature!!! What a great post. I often see blog pictures and think, “They must not know how to clone!”. What a pretty place to blog!!!
    Thanks for stopping by TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS and sharing your great tip!

  12. Great tip, Sharon! I am always photographing cords, too! Now I just need a dust editing tool 🙂

    Have a great day rock star!

  13. How do I fix the problem? Take another picture.. LOL! Lacking in some computer skills I just do the best I can until I find someone like you who is generous in helping others. Woohooo! Now I can’ wait to try it! Thanks for sharing this invaluable tip!! By the way, this is the first time at your blog and I love the name!

  14. Thanks for hosting! I was hesitant to blog about the clone feature, assuming people already know…but that’s one thing I learned in my years of teaching…never assume your students already know something.

  15. Welcome to mrs. hines’ class Kadee! I’m so glad I could help. Using clone does take some patience and practice, but it’s worth it. Let me know if you have any questions.

  16. I’ve done lots of clone cleaning, but dust…haven’t figured that one out…yet! And you can call me rock star anytime.LOL!

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