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Cloning & Healing Tools (Affinity 1.5.2 on a Mac)

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Hi,

 

I'm very new to photo editing & I am having some difficulties in getting some tools to work in AP. I have already searched the forum for an answer but, nothing posted previously seems to fix the problem I am experiencing.

 

I am trying to use the cloning tool to edit a photo & fix up a washed out area that has some features that are identical to another area of the photo which is not washed out.

 

I have watched the tutorial on using the cloning tool but, simply cannot make it work.

 

I have the original photo loaded (JPEG format & it is unlocked. It is labelled 'background (pixel). I create a new pixel layer; I select the cloning tool & adjust the size. I then use Alt - Click (using the option/alt key on a mac keyboard) to select my source & as mentioned in the video I see nothing when I move the mouse.

 

So, as instructed in the video I go to the the drop down menu just right of centre towards the top of screen & select 'current layer & below' & hey presto, nothing changes. Whereas, in the tutorial video, the cloned area now shows up in the brush circle & can be placed wherever you want.

 

Am I pressing the wrong buttons? Is my setup incorrect? Can anyone shed light on what I might be doing wrong please?

 

Thankyou in advance

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Hi Outcast,

Welcome to the forums.

 

Once you have changed the dropdown to Current Layer & Below, make sure the pixel layer you created is highlighted on the Layers panel.

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Hi Outcast,

Welcome to the forums.

 

Once you have changed the dropdown to Current Layer & Below, make sure the pixel layer you created is highlighted on the Layers panel.

Hi Lee,

 

I can't say for certain that this was the issue as I thought I had the new pixel layer highlighted but, now I have got it working so, perhaps I was mistaken. Thankyou for the advice; it appears to be working as advertised now :)

 

Regards

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Hi Outcast!

 

I am not sure of the circumstances that trigger this but I have noticed that sometimes just changing tools or doing a single undo step will deselect the layer previously selected in the Layers panel (even when the History panel does not show "Clear selection" as the previous state).

 

Until I notice this, I have the same 'why isn't it working?' problem you describe. The other "gotcha" that occasionally trips me up is not noticing that some small area of the canvas is selected (has the marching ants dashed line around it) so nothing I try to do in other parts of the layer has any effect.


Affinity Photo 1.7.2, Affinity Designer 1.7.2, Affinity Publisher 1.7.2; macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM
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Hi , I am also having problems with the clone tool.

 

When I click alt and shift I get the message saying that I need to click alt and shift,

 

I really do not know what I am doing wrong.

 

I am using the windows version any help would be most helpful.

 

Thank you

 

Dave

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