Art Journaling 102: Digi Technique Focus – The Clone Tool with Tutorials

Welcome to our fifth amazing

Technique Feature of 2012:

Creative Uses of  the Clone Tool!

Preview of Finished Page

The Clone Tool in Photoshop is most popularly used for covering over un-wanted portions of an image, such as covering

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

an unwanted telephone wire by “cloning” the sky in the same image.  (See the Ultimate Guide to Cloning in Photoshop)

Today I’d like to introduce several tutorials I’ve found on the internet for digital scrapbooking that may interest you. I’ve used a few of these techniques to create my finished page you see above, and larger at the end of this post.


Creative PS & PSE Clone Tool Tutorials for Scrapbooking and Art Journaling



Here’s how I used some of the tutorials on my page.

Image 1:

First, I started following the tutorial Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial- Creating a Seamless Pattern at  I chose to open a yellow paper by Tangie, I transformed it to a smaller size square, then duplicated it six times to create the tile pattern you see in the above image.


Image 2:

I continued following the same tutorial, cloning the paper to cover the seams. I followed the tutorial through to the end. Then for added interest, I created the result into a pattern. I used the Pattern Stamp Tool set on Impressionist to add more interest to this background.


Image 3:

I added my art doll who had this great bird nest f or a hat. I decided to add birds into my background. I used the Clone Tool to do this. I was inspired by the tutorialAdvanced Digital Scrapbooking Techniques: Custom Brush with Clone Stamp by Pattie Knox

{First, select the layer that the Art Doll is on.  Using the Clone Stamp Tool, select the area of t he bird you wish to clone, hold down the Alt key, and and click with your mouse on that area. Then, create a new layer below the art doll, and above your background layer. On this new layer, position the mouse where you would like to stamp, and click the mouse, which will stamp the area of the bird that you selected to clone.}

Repeat the instructions within the { } for the other birds as many times as desired.


Image 4:

Next, I duplicated that layer and rotated it horizontally for symmetry several times.

In my final image, I did cover most of this with gesso for a collage look.


Image 5:

Finally, I wanted my word art to stand out so I decided to use the Clone Stamp Tool to duplicate the splattergraffiti strokes behind it. This was a matter of trial and error until I got just the look I wanted.


Image 6:

This image shows my result after I finished cloning the splattergraffiti. With a solid color behind it, the word art is easier to read.


Technique Focus: Creative Cloning by Julie Ann Shahin

Journaling: Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish that they are after. – Henry David Thoreau

Credits: all by Tangie unless noted

Word Art: Spark-Greatest Curiosity
Graffiti: Studio Mix 19 Glorious Vision Side B
Counter: Studio Box Workshop No. 3
Bingo,Scallop doodle: Studio Box Workshop No. 4
Black splat: AJC12 Parcel 07,
Borders: AJC12 Parcel 11, Wishing Waiting
Gesso: AJC12 Parcel 14
Fish: Red All Over ATC with SherrieJD
Arms: Seaside Art Dolls
Grass: Layla in La La Land with Rebecca McMeen
Stitching: AJC12 Parcel 11
Art Doll: She Journals
Fonts: Tangie AJFDuchess, Tangie AJFelephant, Tangie AJFdowntherabbithole, Tangie AJFchesire, Tangie AJFtweedledee, Tanige AJFRockingHorseFly, Tangie AJFtweedledeeALT, Tangie AJFbill


Now it’s your turn! Take a try at using the Clone Tool creatively.

Upload your page to the gallery and link the url to the comments on this post!!! :)


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Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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