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The Cloning Stamp and the \"Magic Flow Rate\"
Old 08-29-2004, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anybody else find that they get the best results with a certain setting for the Cloning Stamp when doing things like taking out flyaway hair, removing shadows the Healing Brush can't fix, and so forth?

For some reason I get my best results nearly *every* time with a 100% opaque, 50% soft, and 47% flow rate brush. The flow rate is key. It seems like a rate just under fifty percent gives the best result. It's better to go over it twice (sometimes, not always, moving the source origin just a tiny bit) than to do it once, IME.

Of course every situation is different and sometimes you need something quite different from this (like a 100% hard brush.) But I just leave the brush set to those settings to start and nine times in ten I get just what I want. I thought that was interesting.

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Re: The Cloning Stamp and the \"Magic Flow Rate\"
Old 08-29-2004, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have to agree with you on that one Marc. I swear by the rubber stamp tool. The softness and the flow rate, I'm agree with you, but on the opacity, I usually range from 50% - 100%. When it comes to retouching and repairing, nothing beats the rubber stamp tool. I swear by photoshop, but at least in my opinion, there are so many options that I have absolutely no use for, that I almost feal guilty not using all of them.

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I'm definitely a beginner myself on that score. I *do* love the Healing Brush: when it works, it is, as we geeks put it, JSNM. ("Just Stark Naked Magic.") I almost always try it first unless I'm doing an outright take-that-out, put-that-in retouch. When it doesn't work, then I go with the Cloning Stamp.

The thing is, there's usually more than one way to get to the same place. You can use the cloning stamp as a dodge/burn tool if you set it correctly, just as one example. It's not as good as the dodge/burn tools in some ways: in some ways, it's better. It's all a question of which tools you're most familiar with.

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