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Bela614 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Dec 2004Sat 05-Jan-13 09:26 PM
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"How Do I Use The Clone Tool?"


Bellingham, US
          

Hello,
I asked this question a couple of months ago and got a good answer but now I cannot find the post. I know enough about the clone tool that I select an area to copy by clicking alt and left click. Then I paint by left clicking. But there are some settings at the top of CS4 page that I forgot how to set. Right now I am not cloning anything. Any help will be surely appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Bill

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Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009Sat 05-Jan-13 10:30 PM
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#1. "RE: How Do I Use The Clone Tool?"
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Vantaa, FI
          

I don't know about CS4 but CS5 and CS6 have settings like sample: current layer, current&below, or sample all layers. When I clone anything complex, I do so on a new, empty layer and obviously sample: current layer does not work because there's nothing to clone from. So set it to current&below or all layers. Then there are settings like "flow" which tells how large a percentage of a 100% stroke you're getting. I nearly always clone at 100% flow, but I need less than full strength cloning, I reduce the opacity of the cloning layer. Brush size and hardness (edge acuity) are now (in CS5-6) best adjusted by the HUD(head-up display), by dragging with the right mouse key and Alt key pressed. Sideways changes size and up/down changes hardness. But it may be that in CS4 you have to use toolbar settings for these parameters. These are basic clone brush parameters. Then for more exotic cloning you can open an expanded toolbox in which you can adjust the size and orientation of cloned image with respect to the source. For instance, if you clone from the foreground to more distant background you can reduce the size of the resulting clone.

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Bela614 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Dec 2004Sat 05-Jan-13 11:02 PM
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#2. "RE: How Do I Use The Clone Tool?"
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Bellingham, US
          

Thank you Antero. I was sampling the current layer. When I switched to all layers it worked. I thought I did that before writing this post but I guess I did not.

Thanks again for your help.

Bill

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M_Jackson Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Fri 11-Jan-13 10:01 PM
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#3. "RE: How Do I Use The Clone Tool?"
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Fri 11-Jan-13 10:02 PM by M_Jackson

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You also have to pay attention the Mode setting for the Clone tool (and most of the tools for that matter). "Normal" is the default, but if you have it set to some of the other settings like Lighter, clicking might not make any changes at all on light areas. Opacity and Flow settings can also render the tool ineffective if set to 0.

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Bela614 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Dec 2004Fri 11-Jan-13 10:08 PM
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Bellingham, US
          

Thank you M Jackson. I appreciate the help. I hope this thread does not get lost.
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