Deke’s Techniques: Compositing clones of yourself in Photoshop

Published by | Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows how to clone yourself with Photoshop, so that you’ll never be lonely again and always have someone else to do the laundry. Well actually, he creates a composite image featuring clones of his friend and director Jacob Cunningham. But you could use the advice Deke shares here to have a full on party, concert, or company meeting with yourself.

Despite the name of this episode, there is not a single pass of the clone stamp tool in sight. Rather, working with a dozen separate images in different poses that Jacob shot of himself, Deke shows you how to mask all the Jacobs into one realistic scene (well, as realistic as one guy having a fight with himself, breaking up the fight with himself, and having nine other himselves looking on can be).

Each additional version of Jacob needs to be carefully masked into place. Deke uses an entire arsenal of Photoshop tools, from a simple rectangular marquee, to a deftly placed gradient mask, to meticulous hand painting. In the video, he considers each new addition to the composite, then troubleshoots the new challenges that each shot presents. Adding all these images together, he eventually arrives at this wonderful festival of Jacobs:

A progression of images, starting with three images of different "clones" and then a final image of them composited together into one realistic scene in Adobe Photoshop

For members of, Deke has an exclusive movie this week in which he shows how to light this scene consistently and have the characters cast shadows on one another.

Deke will be back next week with another free technique.

Interested in more?
• The entire Deke’s Techniques weekly series on
• Courses by Deke McClelland on
• All Photoshop courses on

Suggested courses to watch next:
• Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals
• Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals
 Photoshop for Photographers: Compositing

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One Response to “Deke’s Techniques: Compositing clones of yourself in Photoshop”

  1. Max says:

    You can clone yourself in a photo more easily using Inpaint:

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