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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Photoshop tutorial: Using the clone stamp to create a surrealistic pizza

For this tutorial you will need a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. We will be using the program Adobe Photoshop. You will also need to download the project files below. Just right click on each image of the plain pizza to open them up in a new window and save them in the highest resolution available. 

The video above goes into detail about how to cut our your toppings using the lasso tool and resize them using edit, transform, scale. 

The clone stamp enables you to pick up pixels from a different part of your image and paint with them. In this case we will be using the clone stamp to pick up the cheese from the pizza in the background layer:

You can adjust the size and hardness of your clone stamp, exactly as you would any other brush:

Then hover the cursor over the area you wish to clone and simultaneously click on the option key (if you are on a MAC) or alt key (for Windows) and the mouse. 

Now, unhide the top layer and click on it so that you are drawing in the top layer, hiding the edges of your surrealistic pizza topping (in my case an eyeball) with a clone of the cheese from the background layer.

Finally, play around with the blending modes to make the topping look like it truly belongs on top of that pizza.

You can play around with the various 'transform' features in Photoshop as necessary to rotate or distort the toppings. For more surrealistic experimentation in Photoshop try my 'fruit with faces' lesson here:  

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