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One request that I’ve been getting lately from readers is for a tutorial on making clone shots (shots with the same subject appearing multiple times in the one scene) in photoshop. I’ve got one of our writers working on the topic but thought in the mean time that it might be fun to post a few examples of some to whet your appetite. Here’s 7 clone shots – enjoy.

clone.jpgImage by Gogoye

clone-1.jpgImage by Simon Pais-Thomas
clone-2.jpgImage by *betenoir*
clone-3.jpgImage by HamburgerJung
clone-4.jpgImage by rachel sian
clone-5.jpgImage by May May I?
clone-6.jpgImage by practicalowl

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/9462917@N08/2306562885/ Jonx Sebial

    hi!
    I really find cloning interesting,,, so i tried doing it myself…
    thanks to sean Henri’s tutorial…. it really helps a lot..

    feel free to visit:
    http://flickr.com/photos/9462917@N08/2306562885/

  • Nel

    Dang… look at those abs. :)

  • http://www.philippe-roy.com Philippe Roy

    Quite a few good compositions in there, you can truly tell the beginners from the more experimented. A few of the shots have problems with the hair overlap, but hair knockout is never an easy thing!

    Good work all and all, thanks for sharing! :)

  • http://iamthetopdog.blogspot.com Phil

    Whatever happened to the tutorial? Looking forward to it.

  • Djeskimo

    hehe i tried 1 yesterday took 20 mins to do but pretty effective, ill make a proper one when its a good weather of my gf :D http://www.geocities.com/evilooo9/funny_paul.jpg

  • http://flickr.com/photos/nickverstappen/ Nick

    Cloning is fun! This inspires me to do something new with it. Here’s one of mine:

    http://flickr.com/photos/nickverstappen/529581758/

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  • http://intominto.com khanal

    Very nice post Darren. This clone shots always fascinates me. I have posted similar article in IntoMinto.

  • http://www.salciampa.com Photography SAL

    I posted this as my Facebook profile pic and some guy thought I had twins…until he took a closer look.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3574053&l=044f57f6ab&id=512196420

    [eimg url='http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs181.snc1/6013_128398206420_512196420_3574053_6969830_n.jpg' title='6013_128398206420_512196420_3574053_6969830_n.jpg']

  • jamesev

    I tried this but I was getting some tone variations between the images. How do I ensure similar tone across the shot range?

  • http://stuvel.eu/ Sybren

    @jamesev: try setting your camera to full manual, so manual focus, manual exposure and manual white balance. That way you know for sure that your camera won’t change anything in between shots.

  • andy

    I downloaded this app thinking it would have tutorials? But instead it’s just a blog post of random people’s work?

  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/jpmiss/ jean-paul mission

    Shoot!

Some older comments

  • Sybren

    March 23, 2011 01:45 am

    @jamesev: try setting your camera to full manual, so manual focus, manual exposure and manual white balance. That way you know for sure that your camera won't change anything in between shots.

  • jamesev

    March 22, 2011 10:43 pm

    I tried this but I was getting some tone variations between the images. How do I ensure similar tone across the shot range?

  • Photography SAL

    July 25, 2010 01:10 am

    I posted this as my Facebook profile pic and some guy thought I had twins...until he took a closer look.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3574053&l=044f57f6ab&id=512196420

    [eimg url='http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs181.snc1/6013_128398206420_512196420_3574053_6969830_n.jpg' title='6013_128398206420_512196420_3574053_6969830_n.jpg']

  • khanal

    April 17, 2010 12:17 pm

    Very nice post Darren. This clone shots always fascinates me. I have posted similar article in IntoMinto.

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    August 3, 2009 08:33 am

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  • Nick

    March 25, 2008 03:25 am

    Cloning is fun! This inspires me to do something new with it. Here's one of mine:

    http://flickr.com/photos/nickverstappen/529581758/

  • Djeskimo

    March 19, 2008 07:47 am

    hehe i tried 1 yesterday took 20 mins to do but pretty effective, ill make a proper one when its a good weather of my gf :D http://www.geocities.com/evilooo9/funny_paul.jpg

  • Phil

    March 17, 2008 01:31 am

    Whatever happened to the tutorial? Looking forward to it.

  • Philippe Roy

    March 11, 2008 02:16 pm

    Quite a few good compositions in there, you can truly tell the beginners from the more experimented. A few of the shots have problems with the hair overlap, but hair knockout is never an easy thing!

    Good work all and all, thanks for sharing! :)

  • Nel

    March 8, 2008 10:36 am

    Dang... look at those abs. :)

  • Jonx Sebial

    March 3, 2008 08:39 pm

    hi!
    I really find cloning interesting,,, so i tried doing it myself...
    thanks to sean Henri's tutorial.... it really helps a lot..

    feel free to visit:
    http://flickr.com/photos/9462917@N08/2306562885/

  • Sean Henri

    February 29, 2008 01:23 am

    Great examples! I've done a few of these myself, but haven't really come up with any great shots yet with it. A few months ago I came up with my own tutorial. It was my first shot at one so I'm not sure how helpful it is, but I did my best. Take a look:

    http://www.seanhenri.com/sean_henri/2007/08/after-getting-a.html

  • John

    February 28, 2008 12:55 am

    all these are very cool, here's my first attempt...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/foto71/2276058332/

  • Rob F

    February 27, 2008 12:55 pm

    Evan,

    I liked your contribution! I am really interested to know more about how you achieved the mouse over effect where it highlighted each of the people individually? If you would be willing to offer an explanation or point me towards a tutorial on that I would be much obliged! I am interested in doing something of that nature to indicate zones in a building and that is just what I am looking for. If you are willing to share the wealth, shoot me an email via my homepage.
    - Rob -

  • Robert F

    February 27, 2008 12:49 pm

    EoRaptor013, This message is for your attention. What you described reminded me of a few tutorials I read on HDR photos. (High Dynamic Range = HDR) Try googling that one for how to fake them without using a camera that has been modified for HDR only shots.

    My thanks to everyone that contributes to these posts!

  • velda

    February 27, 2008 12:46 am

    sure, you can use this technique for fixing up a washed out sky. Depending on your foreground (las vegas cliffs probably wouldn't work - kansas plains would) you can simply use a gradient on your layer mask to bring the deeper blue sky in.

    Anyway I don't know if these links will work, but here's one where I used layering and multiple photos to pick my kids favorite expressions (my daughter has a hard time looking at the camera - so by the time she was looking and smiling my son was somewhat frustrated - but you can't tell here ;-))
    http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v203/56/62/1011525757/n1011525757_35924_9245.jpg

    And one of the sky thing we were talking about -
    http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v203/56/62/1011525757/n1011525757_35926_3698.jpg

  • Malinthe

    February 26, 2008 10:11 pm

    Great stuff!
    Tried one, though it isn't much good. Cam is broken and blah blah balh :)
    http://blog.malinthe.com/2008/02/26/what-i-have-a-twin-brother/

  • Arashi

    February 26, 2008 05:16 pm

    Here is one that I am fairly proud of:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyan_del_mar/2074753523/in/photostream/

  • Sal

    February 26, 2008 04:28 am

    check out my FIRST attempt at clone/multiplicity.

    http://salciampa.blogspot.com

  • EoRaptor013

    February 26, 2008 04:18 am

    A layer question rather than a cloning question: I took several shots of the desert canyon landscape outside Las Vegas, NV. I used the bracketing exposure setting on my camera to get 1/2 stop or 1 stop brackets of each shot. My thought was to merge the shots, somehow or the other, so that the final image would show the details in the shadows, the rich colors of the cliffs, and the clarity of the sky. My problem is the "somehow or the other." Are the techniques shown here the sort of thing I should be trying?
    Thanks

  • heather

    February 26, 2008 01:53 am

    well, of course, i had to give it a try: http://flickr.com/photos/hlkljgk/2289212332/

    commenters, thanks for posting some howto links.

  • Ekim Namzuged

    February 24, 2008 02:31 pm

    This is a great idea! Been wanting to try this since I read the first day! Anyway, tried earlier because it's weekend! he he he! hope you like it!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/24138057@N08/2286925863/

  • Tyler Robbins

    February 24, 2008 06:50 am

    I did a bunch of composites like these a couple of years ago, I did some of my kids and some of me drinking with myself. It's neat but they get formulaic after a while. Maybe if I pushed the concept more I would make more, but I like the act of making photos more than photoshopping pixels all night.

  • Evan Payne

    February 24, 2008 06:46 am

    We made a shot for the main page of our company:

    http://www.collaborauteur.com/

    It took about four hours to clean up properly. The most difficult part was cleaning up the seam in the middle. (We used a tripod and two angles)

  • Digisniper

    February 23, 2008 05:26 pm

    The proper name is multiplicity, you can find a few groups on Flickr dedicated to it.

  • Mandy

    February 22, 2008 11:51 pm

    This is a really neat trick and I 'd love to know how to do it. I regularly feel there needs to be more than one of me!

  • Klaus

    February 22, 2008 11:00 pm

    Thanks for including my photo here and thanks for the cool other clone shots i've found by this posting.

  • Liam Cahill

    February 22, 2008 08:31 pm

    Love it, here's mine...

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3118/2282442586_15f759688b.jpg

  • Peach

    February 22, 2008 06:09 pm

    My attempt. I wish I had a more interesting living space!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/justpeachee/2283566852/

  • ANGELA

    February 22, 2008 04:14 pm

    OMG, I would love to learn how to do these!

  • levi

    February 22, 2008 01:18 pm

    I coincidentally attempted this very thing not too long ago:

    http://flickr.com/photos/e-pics/2269432281/

  • ryusen

    February 22, 2008 07:33 am

    here's mine:
    http://ryusen.smugmug.com/gallery/4248654_CCyn5#251711908

    it was an attempt to copy a CD cover

  • Nick Aldwin

    February 22, 2008 07:15 am

    I did this a while ago using my old P&S. One of the composited shots even includes the reflection in a glass surface.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ninja999/1392823501/

  • Tony Bullard

    February 22, 2008 06:54 am

    Here's one I did a little while ago. The technical side of it isn't great (you can see some seems) but then again, I didn't have much time to do it, since my son was behind me getting less and less patient.

    http://tonybullard.com/images/ManyNoahsBig.jpg

  • Sybren

    February 22, 2008 05:25 am

    Robert F - Thanks for the warning mate! I'm very grateful for my girlfriend, including her sense of humour :D

  • Robert F

    February 22, 2008 04:59 am

    I loved reading the article and reviewing all of the submissions by various posters.

    Sybren - I could not resist the urge to respond about your post... "even cloned my girlfriend :)". Your playing with fire!!! Be grateful enough to have the original..."

    Thanks to all for contributing to the discussion!

    - Rob -

  • Sally

    February 22, 2008 04:53 am

    this looks heaps of fun. Can't wait to try.

    Sally

  • Sybren

    February 22, 2008 03:41 am

    I love doing cloning shots. Check out all of them at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sybrenstuvel/tags/clone/ - I got clones on the couch, unicycling clones, invading clones and I even cloned my girlfriend :)

  • Sam (Stock photo review)

    February 22, 2008 02:52 am

    nice...
    i've done some of those using bulb setting on my camera in a dark room and then flashing a wireless flash while standing in different locations.

  • velda

    February 22, 2008 02:22 am

    I've never used this for cloning - that's a fun idea! I mostly use the layering / masking layers technique to get perfectly angelic faces on all the children in a group shot... I simply take the best face from each child. Or for fun, sometimes I'll take their worst :-D

  • s. chad

    February 22, 2008 01:34 am

    i tried this out. It was fun.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23895335@N07/2281222681/

  • Tracey

    February 21, 2008 10:44 pm

    Can't wait! I have recently gotten much more comfortable with layers and layer masks, so bring it on!

  • J.B. Churchill

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm

    Ok ... I still look forward to the tutorial for some tips but I think I got the gist of it (I took these last night).

    http://photos.jbchurchill.com/?q=gallery&g2_itemId=1106

  • Kunal Daswani

    February 21, 2008 07:23 pm

    Heres' Mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kunaldaswani/1585343340/in/set-72157601891595309/

  • Floriantanplan

    February 21, 2008 07:22 pm

    Nice topic. The first shoot is truly a grat one. I used to play with that, trying to be original :

    Ketchup clone :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fpoulin/544329443/in/set-72157600380540132/

    Bad trip :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fpoulin/1391998096/in/set-72157600380540132/

  • Jon

    February 21, 2008 06:08 pm

    hahahahha...
    last year, i experiment this kind of shot with my girlfriend. here it is >> http://designingrossa.deviantart.com/art/9-Lives-55129727

  • Jude >

    February 21, 2008 04:47 pm

    Nice looking forward to it

  • Aseem

    February 21, 2008 02:17 pm

    The mrmalique one is amazing really... !!!

  • rob Jaudon

    February 21, 2008 11:00 am

    Here is mine....www.jeezopeezo.com

  • jstick80

    February 21, 2008 09:37 am

    Here was one I did several months ago. I prefer to use layer masks for the ability to go back and fine tune if necessary.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/228/500240340_8ba7541117.jpg

  • TheOm3ga

    February 21, 2008 08:00 am

    Here's mine! It's not as complex as those, but anyway. I made it some months ago: http://flickr.com/photos/theom3ga/1473244266/

  • VS

    February 21, 2008 07:20 am

    Clichee and besides you really gotta be an egoist.

  • Lou Ann

    February 21, 2008 06:15 am

    I'm looking forward to the tutorial, too. I used the eraser tool on the top layer for mine: http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6946660&size=lg

  • Al Power

    February 21, 2008 05:13 am

    Apologies - html got stripped out. My attempt at a clone shot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alpower/239214829

  • max.milion

    February 21, 2008 04:24 am

    Hi there, here's mine ;-) http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2197/2172577550_738a0968cb_b.jpg

  • J.B.

    February 21, 2008 04:03 am

    I look forward to being schooled by the tutorial (though Michelle Potter's link explains it pretty well).

  • Valdecir Carvalho

    February 21, 2008 03:39 am

    Nice... i've found an article teaching how to do that!

    Here is the link: http://www.mrmalique.com/index.php/tutorial-how-to-create-your-own-clones/

  • Luis Ramos

    February 21, 2008 03:11 am

    I hope you don't mind if I link here a simple tutorial I did some time ago, on how to achieve this effect:

    http://www.photoshopia.net/2007/06/12/tutorial-photoshop-el-ataque-de-los-clones/

    It's in spanish, but the images are quite self-explanatory. Sorry bout the language barrier, but, you know, I'm spanish!

    Cheers
    Luis

  • Michelle Potter

    February 21, 2008 02:44 am

    Nice. Here's mine:
    http://gallery.usr-bin-mom.com/v/2007/2007-07-09-001.jpg.html

  • Patricia Cone

    February 21, 2008 02:22 am

    I loved these! What an inspiration to start to experiment with the clone tool!

  • Andrew Emerson

    February 21, 2008 01:55 am

    I did this same thing a while back. Its really not too difficult if you're familiar with photoshop. Its just aligning the layers and erasing other parts to reveal the other layers.
    this one is my favorite.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nomadigin/tags/clones/

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