Difference between Clone Stamp, Pattern Stamp and Healing Brush Tool

Clone Stamp Tool

With this tool, you can copy anything/area and paste it anywhere you want. Press and hold the Alt key on the area you want to copy and paint it on the section you wish to conceal or hide. You see the + sign from where your clone stamp is taking the sample.

How to Reset Clone Stamp Tool

  • Go to the top bar
  • Clone stamp icon drop-down
  • Click on the gear icon – reset tool


  • If this doesn’t work, you can also click onto the reset tool presets and press okay.
  • Before starting with the clone stamp, duplicate the original layer and work on it.
  • If you can’t see a preview, Go to the window – clone stamp – and click on show overlay.

Other options

There are some more options you can use while working with the clone stamp tool.

Go to the window – 

Clone Source

Clone Source box

  • Flip horizontal – You can flip the cloned area horizontally to fit it better
  • Flip vertical – You can flip the cloned area horizontally to fit it better
  • Angle parameter –
  • Offset – The clone tool changes the area from where you clone as you move the mouse away. If you check off the aligned option on top, it will not change the source. No matter how further away you paint, it will not change from where you copied the area.
  • Opacity – you can change the opacity of the area you are cloning.
  • Blend modes – you can change the blend mode. It shows you how the area you have copied will look with that blend mode in the preview.

If you want to line everything perfectly, use ctrl+t to adjust the area with everything.


  • If you want to make it look reasonable and realistic, take samples multiple times.
  • It is excellent for complex and detailed background stuff that you need to remove.
  • Always try to clone from a nearby area. If you clone from another place altogether, it might change the lighting of that area and may result in patches.

Pattern Stamp tool

To open the Pattern stamp tool, click and hold on the clone stamp tool. You will see another option as a pattern stamp tool below the clone stamp tool.

It is a simple tool. When you select this tool, you will see many options on the top bar; from there, you can use any brush you want to use for the patterns.

There is the option of pattern beside the flow option. If you click on the drop-down option, you will see many designs/patterns. Select one and then adjust the settings.

  • Opacity – Here you can increase or decrease the opacity of the color. When you decrease the opacity of the color, you will be able to see the colors below it.
  • Blending modes – There are different blending modes available which can change how your image looks.
  • Flow – how increase decrease it hard or soft the pattern look. With this tool, you can control the quantity of the color and build the intensity of the color slowly.
  • Aligned – if you click on the Align button, your pattern will automatically align with the designs you have already drawn. If you uncheck the option, it continues with previously left off.
  • Impressions – gives a blurry look to the pattern
  • Pressure with opacity enables the brush

How to Create Custom Patterns

  • Select an image
  • Go to edit – define pattern
  • Name the pattern
  • If you go to your patterns palette, you will see the design/pattern you created.


To make everything look perfect after transformation, match the color of the area with the nearby one.

Add clipping mask to show only that area and color on it.

You can change it to overlay, softlay, hue, or color.

Healing Brush tool

It is excellent for removing little spots from the background area that do not have much detail.

It takes the texture from the sampled area, but the color remains the same. On the other hand, the clone stamp copies everything; that is why the healing brush is mainly used in magazines to retouch someone’s face.

Clone stamp doesn’t blend the texture and the color together, so it is excellent for something that has edges. Using a healing brush tool is not a great idea when using around edges, as it tries to blend the colors. The best way to use them is to use them together.

Difference between Clone Stamp, Healing Brush and Pattern Stamp tool in tabular form.

S. NoClone Stamp ToolHealing Brush ToolPattern Stamp Tool
1.Copies one area exactly to the other.Copies the texture from the sample area and blends it with the place it is being applied on.Stamps different patterns
2.Great for intricate and detailed work.Great for retouching face and body partsGreat for making backgrounds and prints on shirts etc.
3.Great for edgesNot for edgesPattern stamp is different from the Stamp and Healing brush tool.
4.Clone and healing brush tools are almost similar and can be used together for great resultsUse Healing brush and Clone stamp together for great results.Other than using the ones already in Photoshop, you can also create them.


These were some of the basic differences between the three of these tools and where they should be used. Hope you liked the article.

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