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Issue With The Cloning Stamp

New Here ,
Apr 30, 2021 Apr 30, 2021

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Hi everyone, I'm relatively new to AE and am having issues with the cloning stamp tool, after having succesfully used the tool in previous projects. 

 

Right now, the "normal" mode for the cloning tool doesn't do anything, regardless of the layer I attempt to use the tool in. I can set colours and obtain the cursor for the tool, but attempting to paint over an object yields absolutely no results (though a new clone is still created each time). 

 

Strangely, all other modes (multiply, screen etc.) seem to work fine, and even more strangely, if I start messing with the offset and source time settings, the "normal" mode begins to work correctly, but stops working again if the tool is restored to default settings.

 

It's pretty frustrating that such a pivotal tool, in arguably its most important setting, is just... refusing to work right now, and I'm wondering if anybody has experienced this/knows a fix?

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Apr 30, 2021 Apr 30, 2021

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Screenshots, system info, details about the comp, tool settings. No point in describing invisible elephants. Outside that of course it could simply be the usual cache and hardware accelration issues, so flush the cahces, check the settings and possibly update your system's graphics driver.

 

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May 01, 2021 May 01, 2021

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May 01, 2021 May 01, 2021

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Hi, I've attached a video of the problem. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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May 01, 2021 May 01, 2021

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I don't see any problem, this is how the clone stamp works. You are referencing to the same layer and AE is cloning the pixels with the offset you have applied. In your example you are cloning the violet sky.

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May 01, 2021 May 01, 2021

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Hi Jose, my issue is this:

 

Isn't it possible to simply have a cloning stamp that allows you to select a colour, then paint over the area you want without any offset, and without another screen appearing over the original like in my video?

 

When the offset is set to zero, the stamp simply ceases to function. Is this correct? 

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May 01, 2021 May 01, 2021

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Have you tried to start cloning on a new paint effect rather thsn trying to add clones/brushes to the one you have applied? For example, add a new effect to your video (levels but with no changes). Then double-click your layer and try to clone again. Tell us if this is working for you.

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May 01, 2021 May 01, 2021

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Hi, I added a curves effect to a still image to test your suggestion out, but no luck unfortunately.

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