Photoshop has a "clone" tool. With the
appropriate combination of clicks, you
have a paintbrush which copies stuff from
an adjacent area. If you haven't used it,
it's hard to explain. But if you use it to
"paint" a vertical swathe on the image, it
will "paint" a copy of the corresponding
vertical swathe, but offset by a specific
amount. It's very useful for some effects,
and especially for retouching a textured
surface: you can brush out an unwanted
item on a photograph of a lawn, for
example, by "cloning" a patch of grass
Buchanan Graphics Inc (a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Buchanan Holdings, PLC)
introduces the Clonester, bringing the
power of the clone tool into the real world.
The Clonester consists of two heads, each
about the size of half a gerbil or three
large wasps. The heads are linked by an
adjustable arm, the length of which can be
adjusted (hence the term). One head is an
optical scanner, consisting essentially of a
line of light sensors. The other head
contains a small ink-jet head and a
replaceable ink cartridge.
To use, simply adjust the adjustable arm
to the appropriate length, and place the
Clonester on the surface in question.
Press and hold the Triggermatic Trigger
Button, and slide the Clonester back and
forth over the surface. As the scanning
head reads the colour of the surface
beneath it, the same pattern is printed by
the print head.
The uses are almost unlimitless. You have
a scuff on your now-out-of-production
intricately patterned wallpaper? No
Simply set the adjustable arm to the
distance between pattern repeats and -
hey Preston! - clone an undamaged part of
the pattern onto the scuffed area.
You want to copy part of an image from a
magazine into a printout of your
document, but have no scanner?
having-no-scanner begone!! Simply
adjust the adjustable arm so that the
scanner head lies on the image and the
print head lies in your document and -
Ipso Facto! - a few swipes and the image
Can also be used to conceal embarrassing
deformities in ocelots' fur patterns.