Let me show you two creative ways to use the clone tool that you might not have thought of. In photo FO-683 I placed marine dinosaurs into the ocean. The aerial view of the water was taken from a cliff in New Zealand, and the dinosaurs were models about 14 inches long that were shot on the carpet in my office as I stood above them. I cut out the models using the pen tool to make the edge absolutely precise (for Elements users, you can substitute the lasso tool for the pen tool), and then copied each one to the clipboard and pasted them onto the background.
The problem, though, was that they looked pasted ON TOP OF the water. They didnít look like they were IN the water. To bring the water over the flippers and the body, I went to the toolbar and changed the opacity of the clone tool to 50%. I then cloned the water over the parts of the dinosaurs that would be partially submerged. The result is a picture that looks believable, where the prehistoric reptiles appear to be swimming in the ocean.
Again using the clone tool on 50% opacity, I used a large brush size and created multiple wing impressions that suggested motion. It took me a few tries to get it right. The first few attempts werenít artistically appealing, but finally I created the type of implied motion I wanted.
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