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Precision Editing With
The Clone Tool

Remove unwanted objects or elements from an image, fix textures, eliminate imperfections, fill in missing or damaged portions of the image – perfect your images with the Clone tool.

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What Can You Do With The Clone Tool In Luminar Neo? 

Luminar Neo’s photo editing Clone tool helps you replace unwanted or damaged pixels with pixels of your choosing.

Simply select a source (from which pixels are taken) and then paint those pixels on other areas of your image to cover up damage or blemishes. Luminar Neo offers feathering to make it easier to blend strokes.
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Innovative Uses Of The Photo Clone Tool

Artistic Effects

Some artists and designers use the clone tool for creative purposes, such as adding texture, patterns, or unique effects to their artwork.


When restoring old or damaged photos, the clone tool is crucial for recreating missing or damaged parts of the image.

Correcting Perspective

In architectural or interior photography, the clone tool can be used to correct perspective issues

Perfect Portrait With The Brush Tool

When retouching portraits, you might want to hide imperfections like wrinkles, scars, dust spots, or other blemishes.

Do so with the Clone Tool’s brush to really catch all the details.
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How To Use The Clone Tool?

To use the photo Clone Tool in Luminar Neo:

1. Open an image that needs cloning and open the Clone tool in the Professional tools section.
2. Click to set the source. Adjust your brush as needed, including the Radius, Softness, and Opacity. Click and brush over the damaged area.
3. Use the Zoom buttons and the Hand tool to explore the image’s details.
4. Click and paint out the pixels you want to remove. You can also try small dabs and short strokes to get a blended look. Try blending multiple strokes and lowering the opacity of the brush for the best results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a cloning tool in photo editing?

In photo editing, a photo clone tool is a feature or tool that allows you to duplicate or clone a specific area of an image and then apply that clone to another part of the same image or a different image. It’s used to remove imperfections, unwanted objects, or blemishes from photos, as well as for various retouching and creative purposes. Sometimes it’s called the clone stamp tool.

What is the difference between the healing brush tool and the spot healing brush tool?

The Healing Brush Tool and the Spot Healing Brush Tool are both useful features in photo editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, for retouching and fixing imperfections in images. However, they have different functionalities and are used for slightly different purposes. The Spot Healing Tool is best for quick, automatic retouching of small imperfections, while the Healing Brush Tool is ideal for situations where you need more control over the sampling process and want to maintain the texture and appearance of the surrounding area. The choice between these tools depends on the specific retouching task and the level of control and precision you require.

How to reset the Clone tool?

Depending on the picture editor clone tool you use, the reset settings might differ. If you are using the Clone tool in Luminar Neo and accidentally select an area you no longer want, you do not need to start over. Instead, you can undo one stroke at a time. While in the Clone tool, simply choose Edit > Undo or press Cmd+Z (macOS) or Ctrl+Z (Windows) to undo the last brush stroke.

The Clone tool is not working, what should I do?

When you do a clone picture edit and notice that something is not working, try resetting your changes and starting again. You might also contact Skylum support for help!