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Photo: how to clone from static source point?


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Dear all,

I need to clone from a static source point with the clone tool in photo. In other words I want the source point to remain fixed where it was originally set instead of following the clone tools movement with a fixed distance while hovering over the target area.  From what I understood from the docs, this behavior can be achieved by unchecking the “aligned” checkbox but this doesn’t work for me (actually checking or unchecking the box doesn’t seem to change the tools behavior at all. Bug or feature or my fault - don’t know). 

Is that possible? Any help appreciated. Thanks. 

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I don't think there is any way to have a completely fixed clone source point as you seem to want. If you had one, that would mean that you would repeatedly copy the single pixel, which is not usually what one would want when cloning, in my experience.

"Aligned" determines the action that occurs when you use the clone tool multiple times. Suppose you select your source point, and you paint an area with the Clone Tool. Then you release the mouse button and clone another area. With Aligned off when you release the  mouse button the source selection reverts to the original point. With Aligned on the clone source keeps tracking your new location, relative to the source, insted of reverting.

I would need to understand more about what you want to fix, but perhaps a different tool would be better than the Clone Tool? For example, perhaps the Inpainting Tool would be better for the problem you have? Or perhaps the Patch Tool or the Healing Tool? Or Blemish Removal?

 

-- Walt

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@walt.farrell thanks for your reply. Unfortunately I can’t post the picture in question to explain the task as I’m away from my desktop machine. In short, I have a portrait with an “atmospheric” background. I changed the aspect ratio of the canvas from 4:3 to 16:9. Now I need to fill this empty area I created with this background. Fill with inpaint failed as it always clones the person’s face as well.

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If/when you can provide the picture I'm sure the forum users, or Serif staff, will have some suggestions :)

-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 20H2 (19042.685),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop (2021-04-06):  32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz
, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Affinity Photo 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.4.1065 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.4.1065 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1024 Beta

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