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Free Clone Stamp Tool

By Photo-Toolbox.Com Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 20, 2012

In graphics apps, the Clone Stamp Tool "clones" (copies) a small area of an image and "stamps" (pastes) it over another area, such as a blemish you want to hide. It's also called the Rubber Stamp Tool, but it's the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop. Photoshop is the Godzilla of graphics, so tools like LifeSniffer's Free Clone Stamp Tool follow the leader. And that should give you a good idea of what Free Clone Stamp Tool does: It provides a basic, serviceable clone stamp tool for touching up digital photos, especially photos of faces.

We followed Free Clone Stamp Tool's normal installation process, with the addition of a desktop icon. The interface is quite basic for a graphics tool, which is not a bad thing: just a toolbar and main window. We had no trouble opening an image in Free Clone Stamp Tool, but a tool tip or quick-start page would have helped by making it clear that the only way to sample pixels is to press Alt while left-clicking our mouse. We'd hoped to be able to right-click the image and either choose a function from a menu or drag a selection box, but we just got an error message. The info button led us to the program's Web page, which offered some instructions and nicely illustrated examples. We learned how to set the radius, hardness, and opacity of our stamp using sliders. The rest of the program's controls handle the image: zoom in and out, flip, rotate, and so on. We quickly covered several blemishes in scanned snapshots. Using Free Clone Stamp Tool, we zoomed in very close to several defects in the original image, including creases. Varying the opacity produced very good blending. The program automatically merges the layers, though it offers multiple Undo and Redo, too.

Free Clone Stamp Tool could benefit from some menu options, which would make it a bit more intuitive, especially to new users. We'd also like to see freehand selection, but then if the developers started adding things, they'd end up with another Photoshop clone. As it is, Free Clone Stamp Tool proved to be a capable freeware clone of a single, very useful tool.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0

Add healing brush and new UI.


Release September 17, 2014
Date Added September 17, 2014
Version 2.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

This is a free photo editing software with the clone stamp tool and healing brush. It can be used to remove or duplicate objects on your photos. Fix stains, blemishes, wrinkles and scratches. Remove unwanted objects. A common usage is in retouching skin, particularly in portraits; in this way one can remove blemishes (pimples, moles, or scars), and make skin tones more even. Cloning can also be used to remove other unwanted elements, such as telephone wires, an unwanted bird in the sky, and the like.