Photoshop Elements 3 Tutorial
Cloning - Digital Scrapbooking
Create a new project 200 x 200 pixels with any color background. First we'll create something, then we will duplicate or 'clone' it to create a pattern. This works with objects as well as text.
Select the text tool and type some text anywhere on the background in a contrasting color. Then select the move tool or just hit 'V' and first select the text (you must be on dead center) and then while you hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys with one hand, release the mouse and select the text and move it, then release the mouse button to drop the copy.
If the text stretches, undo (ctrl + z) and try again. Use the zoom tool to enlarge your work area if needed so you can select the text with your mouse in dead center of the circle area showing in the text.
Keeping the Ctrl and Alt keys pressed, continue to select, drag and drop the text until the page is covered.
This takes a little practice and patience to get quick at it. Elements automatically creates a new layer for each clone so you can select each layer and reposition them where you want them. You can also create variations of the same text by changing the opacity and size of the text as shown below:
Try adding a graphic and moving the text around until you get a composition or two. Now you can go forth and clone affectionately... and other stuff. :)