Using Photoshop CS6, I have a PNG with some transparencies with soft edges.

I need to clone a semi-transparent area, but when I do that I always end up overlapping the original image, losing the original transparency.

An analog procedure is to create a transparent square/rectangle starting with just a transparent triangle and without losing the original transparency info.


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Clone your area to a new layer

When done, Command/Ctrl-click the original layer to load it as a selection.

Then add a layer mask to your clone layer. This will mask out any pixels associated with the original image.


Alternatively, you can clone areas to the same layer and merely click the option to lock transparency before you start cloning.

Lock Transparency

  • Hi, I ended up losing the opacity and sorting it out in a more straightforward way. I wasn't able to actually replicate that masking method - it would always overlap , increasing the opacity level. As for the transparency lock, it was similar - it only locked fully transparent areas (i.e. empty), leaving non opaque areas alterable. But if you add some info on this, I can try, for future viewers.
    – acseven
    Mar 19, 2013 at 22:42

Here is the possible answer:


Basically you go Layer->Layer Mask->From Transparency

That will make solid color layer + semi transparent mask (all appearance variation is now stored in mask). Now you can use clone stamp tool for editing that mask.

Works fine for me, thanks "MrNotPink" from Reddit :)

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