Introduction: Clone Yourself Using Adobe Photoshop

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Ever see an ad or picture of a person in which they are cloned 2, 3 , or even 4 times? In this tutorial I will be going over how exactly to do just that, it's quick simple and easy and anyone with Photoshop and a camera can do it.

Step 1: What You'll Need

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1. Adobe Photoshop
2. A camera to take the pictures.
3. A tripod so you can keep the camera still when taking pictures (recommended).

Step 2: Taking the Pictures

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In order to make it look like you are truly cloned, you must take no less than 2 pictures of yourself in 2 different spots. When taking the pictures the camera cannot move or else once you start cloning things will be out of place and transparent. This is why it is important to have a tripod, if you do not have a tripod and are unable to obtain one, I recommend sitting the camera on a ledge and taking the pictures, so that the camera will not move.

When taking the pictures stand in different spots, if you stand near a clone things can get difficult, but it's up to you.

Step 3: Opening Up Your Documents

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Import all of your pictures onto your computer. Once you've done that it's time to get started. Open up Adobe Photoshop and open up your documents.

With your first picture go Select>All and then copy it and paste it over your second picture so you now have 2 layers on one document.

Step 4: Cloning!

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With the History Brush Tool (or hit Y) start brushing over the spot where the clone is supposed to be. You will see that the clone will appear before your very eyes. Keep brushing until clone is fully visible.

Step 5: Finishing Up

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When you're done brushing in your clone you are finished!

If you want to add more clones simply save the file for web (File>Save for Web) and open up your saved file and repeat steps 3 and 4. I chose to use 3 or more clones, I did tell you earlier that if your clones are close together it will make it harder so I recommend taking an easier picture to get started.

Here's my finished result, I used 3 clones and I used a motion blur on the background to give the effect of movement. Props to my friend Erik for posing in the pictures, here's a few more I made.


synapse5 (author)2012-09-17

Good tutorial!, but if you do not have photoshop you can use Inpaint to create multiplicity photography, here is small tutorial

ldb477 (author)2010-04-08
kiwi_soccer_maniac (author)2007-08-27

Any way to do it with Gimp??

J@50n (author)kiwi_soccer_maniac2009-10-22

yes i did one on gimp of me for Halloween!

Jadaku (author)2007-11-29

Thanks for great instructable! Can't wait to try it. How did you make the box around cards and give description on mouseover? I am interested in learning how to do this with photoshop.

Trainwr3k (author)Jadaku2007-12-04

I have no clue what you're saying sorry!

Jadaku (author)Trainwr3k2007-12-04

In step 5, you have a picture of clones playing cards. You put a square box around the cards to highlight that area. When I move my mouse over the box, a commentary comes up indicating how the cards were messed up because the camera moved. I know you used instructables built in editor for this, but I am curious if there is a way to do this with photoshop (or similar editor). I would like to highlight certain areas of photos with a box (easy part). The image will then be posted on a website. Then the user can either click the box or move mouse over the box on the image and it will give them a description of the highlighted area. I would prefer it if they can just move the mouse over the box and it give a description. If you know of any websites/instructables that can help me achieve this, it would be greatly appreciated.

bloke2022 (author)Jadaku2009-08-16

you do that when you are making the instructable

Trainwr3k (author)Jadaku2007-12-08

You can't do it with photoshop, but lets you do that, it's an image hosting website and it'll let you tag things.

bluiii (author)Trainwr3k2009-06-30

you can tag on facebook too. Just click the image you want to add a caption to and type it in.

Jadaku (author)Trainwr3k2007-12-09

Thanks for the link. You've been a big help!

Trainwr3k (author)Jadaku2007-12-12

No problem!

VaudeVillian (author)2009-03-03

Hey, thanks for your help! Heres what I got:

Dash-2 (author)2007-08-27

Here are some I've made before,
my friends are in total aww of this affect!

Clone #1
Clone #2
Clone #3

The Dark Ninja (author)Dash-22008-07-03

Clone #1 caption... "Will you marry me... please please please please"

Dash-2 (author)The Dark Ninja2008-07-03

Haha, on my MySpace it's caption is, ""Please Drew!" pleaded Drew to Drew. "I don't think so, Drew," Drew replied."

The Dark Ninja (author)Dash-22008-07-03

I will not eat green eggs and ham... That book got stuck in my head when I re-read your comment.... :)

Dash-2 (author)The Dark Ninja2008-07-03

nice =D have you done this affect yet?

The Dark Ninja (author)Dash-22008-07-03

Was going to today actually, but I got caught up with college work. :( I will be doing this though, would make a neat photo for the family.

1up (author)2008-03-22

This is awesome! That last picture is the best... You playing cards with yourself!

darth2o (author)2008-02-01

You know, the picture you used for step 1, the picture of the camera in the mirror, you could have made it more realistic by flipping the image.

Trainwr3k (author)darth2o2008-02-24

I didn't think it would really have that much of an impact on anyone, so I didn't flip it.

garthiepoo (author)2008-01-05

haha that is a wicked picture with the cards

Trainwr3k (author)2007-12-09

Also, if this helped you out and you're on, try digging it!

Jadaku (author)Trainwr3k2007-12-09

Thanks again! I will check it out.

darkmuskrat (author)2007-11-22

Sorry, but I have to say this...urghhh. "Kage Bushin No Jutsu!!! (For non-nerds, mass shadow clone jutsu [from naruto] )

pinoymale (author)2007-09-25

Can other programs like Picasa be used to get the same effect?

gijzo (author)2007-08-31

Some i made, heheh, I remember an artist who made people kiss themselfs. Really weird effect though.

Trainwr3k (author)2007-08-27

Yeah I posted this on Rotteneggs too.

TheCheese9921 (author)2007-08-27

This is really cool, I'm gonna have to try this when I get my computer with photo shop back up

oinkoinkzoopals (author)2007-08-27

dude thats auwsome im gunna try it

bleachworthy (author)2007-08-26

wait, who's driving? AAAAHAAAAHAHAHAAAA! (flies off cliff) *fly tackles spectator*

thatjawn (author)2007-08-26

I just made my first! SweetMy first

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