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Clone Brush

Lesson 45 from: Fine Art Conceptual Photography from Shoot through Post-Processing

Bella Kotak, Pratik Naik

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45. Clone Brush

Next Lesson: Dodge and Burn


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Artistic Vision and Inspiration


Personal Projects


Creative Motivation and Defining Your Story


Organizing Your Inspiration


Building A Character


Creating Wardrobe and Props


Location Scouting


Lesson Info

Clone Brush

What I do want to mention is aside from just healing there are a couple of things that we can do. If you have gaps in the eyebrow, okay, we can fill those gaps a little bit, and I'll show you how to do that. I'm going to put a new blank layer, and I'll call this Eyebrow Gaps. Now you could obviously draw the eyelash, I mean eyebrow hairs, but you can also clone eyebrow hairs and then rotate it so it blends in perfectly. So I'll take my Clone brush. I'm going to sample over here. When I start brushing, it does line up, but if I Command T, rotate to match the shift of the eyebrow, what happens is suddenly I'm able to fill that as well. So I'll do that if she asks me, hey, could you please fill in all the eyebrows that are thinned out? So I'll do that, Command T, and then just rotate, and I can even put that somewhere else if I wanted to. Like so. So in just a quick step, you're able to fill in eyebrows, which adds a nice look as well, I think. I like it. I didn't even notice it needed ...

doing until you did it. It looks really good. Yep. Okay, so one other really neat tip is undereyes. Sometimes you have under eye lines. Sometimes you have areas that are a little bit rough. I'll show you how to tackle that really quickly. Usually the undereyes are a multi-complex problem because you have lines under the eyes and a thicker texture. What I typically will do is keep a little bit of those lines but lessen the texture. And the way that I do that is again, with a Clone brush. I'll select a new layer, I'll call it Undereyes, select my Clone brush. Now I'll keep my flow low, maybe 5%. I'll come over here underneath, I'll quickly just... A few strokes. And what happens is it softens up that texture just a little bit, but also it softens up the appearance of those lines without taking them away. So using one reference point to soften up another. Okay? Okay. So one other quick thing I want to show you before I go on to the next step, is going to be filling in areas like this. And that's the same thing that you did when you filled in the background. I'll sample areas that are closer to here, and then simply just fill it in like so. And what happens is it lessens the appearance of the background. That's right, and so your flow is low and you're sampling from current and below. Exactly. And I'm sampling right next to the hair as well. I see. So I don't have to pull from any other image. The lighting will be consistent as well, because you're doing that. Great. Fill In Hair.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Practice PSD File - Sleeping Beauty
Pratik Naik Retouching Actions
The Royal Collection - Fine Art Actions
Practice PSD File - Location Shoot (~700mb)
Practice PSD File - In Studio Shoot (~1.3gb)

Ratings and Reviews


Great class and great instructors. Genuine and informative. Practical tips to create stunning images. Seeing them work through the process from shoot to finished image was great and I loved that they shared the thought processes behind the creative decisions. Definitely recommended!


Truly a remarkable duo. Bella is so down-to-earth and humble for a photographer with such a strong beautiful and ethereal voice. Her explanations of her process really inspired me--I was sketching concepts throughout the class. Pratik's process really opened my eyes to "smart" retouching--understanding what can be done in fewer brush strokes and slimmer PS files. All in all a really unique and inspiring class that makes me excited to realize my next conceptual shoot. They're also adorable together!

Mai Her

I've gained sooooo much from this I can't even contain my appreciation and excitement! So much inspiration and so much generous advice and tips to help me! Thank you so much Bella and Pratik and Creative Live!

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