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Review: Clone Magic makes creating cloned images relatively easy

Create photos with multiple versions of one object in them.

Clone Magic is a very cool app, though you may not realize at first exactly what it allows you to do -- namely to create photos with multiple images of you or another person in them. The idea is to match the background in multiple images and cut out individuals to match them across all photos. It might sound complicated, but once you get the hang of the interface, it's rather easy and the effect is quite impressive.

Clone Magic works well, but its biggest flaw is that it fails to show you up front how to do all of the cool things it's capable of accomplishing. So when you open the app for the first time, you'll find yourself taking multiple photos per the onscreen instructions without a clear idea of why you are doing so. However, after some practice, you'll find that creating clone images is very easy. Just take two or more photos with the same background, and then highlight the subject you want to clone. Process the image and it will copy that object into the first image. It might sound complicated, but it works well and the interface, once you get the hang of it, is very intuitive.

The editing tools in Clone Magic are limited to selecting and moving your clone subject, but the filters are smart enough that the final images often look very natural. It's easy for things to get a little skewed if your hand is not steady; but with the right combination of patience and time, you can make some very fun photos with this app.

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