I keep running into the same problem and I'm struggling with Photoshop. My subject is in front of something I would like to clone out. I keep trying to mask the subject (so that none of the cloning ends up on it) but I cannot make it work! I copied the background layer, then applied a mask. I painted black on the part I want to clone, because black reveals, the subject stays white, so it is concealed. But then when I go to clone it still stamps on the subject! I also tried this in reverse, still stamps on the subject. How in the heck do I cleanly mask the subject so I can clone around it???? Can someone please explain this or point me to a good tutorial about it? Thanks!