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Clone Stamp Tool Aligned Box

Explorer ,
Aug 20, 2017 Aug 20, 2017

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My biggest problem with Photoshop is my love hate relationship with the Clone Stamp Tool.

I will be working with the aligned box unchecked and all of a sudden it is checked. This happens constantly!

How can I make it remain unchecked unless I want to check it?

Thanks,

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 20, 2017 Aug 20, 2017

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Select the clone tool and reset from left end of Options bar

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Explorer ,
Aug 21, 2017 Aug 21, 2017

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I almost daily reset all the tools.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 21, 2017 Aug 21, 2017

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JDGould  wrote

I almost daily reset all the tools.

Wow.  That's not good.  Do you still have the problem?

Are you using a tablet, and if yest, which one?

Which operating system are you using?

What version of Photoshop?

I wonder if it is a tool preset issue?  If the clone tool defaults to a preset that has Aligned turned on, then selecting a different tool and coming back to the clone tool, might make it go back to it's default tool preset.

Select the Clone tool and open the Tool Preset panel and see if you have anything set up for that tool.  If you don't, then the idea is shot down in flames, but you might be able to fudge a fix by making a tool preset.  I just tried making one and closing and reopening Photoshop, and the Clone tool remembered the preset.

If you are still having the problem, then I have a vague thought about tablet drivers lurking in the back of my mind.

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Explorer ,
Aug 21, 2017 Aug 21, 2017

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I am using a 13" Mac Book Pro Retina; I have the Adobe subscription so LR and PS are always up to date.

I created a preset with a 100 soft brush. I then change to a 200 and checked the box. Next I hit the present and it went back to 100 unchecked.

The issue is that if I am working with a brush other size and the box auto checks I can't use the preset to uncheck because I don't want a 100 brush.

I would love to get someone from Adobe to join in as this is a problem that needs to be fixed; not a bandaid preset.

Thanks for all your assistance.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 21, 2017 Aug 21, 2017

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What have you done for general trouble-shooting so far?

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/basic-trouble-shooting-steps.html

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Explorer ,
Aug 21, 2017 Aug 21, 2017

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Tried to find a solution on the internet; reset all preferences several times.

Suggestions really appreciated; this is a major PIA as I do a lot of cleanup of all my images.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 21, 2017 Aug 21, 2017

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I have not noticed anything similar on my set-up.

Does it affect the Healing Brush Tool, too, or only the Clone Stamp Tool?

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Explorer ,
Aug 21, 2017 Aug 21, 2017

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Only the CST!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 21, 2017 Aug 21, 2017

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I found this suggestion by ACP Jeff Arola:  Help with clone stamp tool non-aligned option

In photoshop if you inadvertently double click while pressing Alt/Option to set the clone source, align will get checked.

Your mouse settings regarding double-click speed might need to be adjusted.

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Explorer ,
Aug 21, 2017 Aug 21, 2017

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Thanks, I saw that article. I never when cleaning an image have a reason to press both options. I do press Alt when working with sizing.

A definite conundrum!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 21, 2017 Aug 21, 2017

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In photoshop if you inadvertently double click while pressing Alt/Option to set the clone source, align will get checked.

Nice one, didn’t know that.

Unfortunately it does not seem to go the other way, too.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 27, 2019 Sep 27, 2019

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I have asked about this problem since 1995. If you inadvertantly double-click while holding down the Option key the clone tool is set to "Aligned".  I would like to turn this "feature" off or at least be able to configure another key combination.  Seeing that you are constantly using the option key to select the source, using the option key also to select alignment is bad design.  It also only goes only one way.  You can't double-click holding Option to reset it so you need to stop and go to the option bar to reset.  It woulb be as if automobile engineers said " Just press your brake once to stop.  If to double-tap, you will accelerate.  Does anyone know how to get through to Adobe for this.  It is very aggravating  when you are sampling thousands of times daily.

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New Here ,
Oct 08, 2020 Oct 08, 2020

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I have the same problem

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 02, 2020

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Even in Photoshop 22.0.1 this problem has not been fixed.

Adobe please fix this. I have to deselect the checkbox so many times a day.

This realy interferes my workflow.

Thanks.

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New Here ,
Jun 14, 2020 Jun 14, 2020

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You asked this question several years ago.  I hope you got an answer from someone who knew what might be going on and not from these "Forum Lizards" who jump in just to get to see their names in print.

I have had this annoying problem for a long time and it is truly irksome.  You know why, of course.  All of a sudden you realized Aligned is active because of what you're getting from the tool, you turn it off, and before very much longer, it's active again.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 14, 2020 Jun 14, 2020

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Hi Julian
Thanks for your note. It took several attempts to get through to Adobe about this issue. My first try was 1994 at Seybold talking to a rep from Adobe. This most recent go round was last fall as a follow up to two years previous. Between getting shunted off to the “Adobe Family” suggestion board, and several times wasting time on the phone trying to get across that I don’t need help learning how to use the clone tool.

I did get a reply that they received the “feature request”. We’ll see what happens.
If you can request a fix as well that may help. Just do’t have the key to sample be the same as reset alignment.

Best regards,

Jay Penni
www.jaypenni.com

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 06, 2021 Apr 06, 2021

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I hope the person who thought it was a good idea to enable "Aligned" for the clone tool by holding option and double-clicking but neglected to add a way to turn it off with the same shortcut spends eternity in Hell unchecking the "Aligned" box.

 

Please Adobe, for the love of all that is holy, add an option to prevent this behavior in Photoshop preferences!

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 08, 2021 Jun 08, 2021

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Even in Photoshop 22.4.2 this problem has not been fixed.

After all these years.... Adobe please fix this. I have to deselect the checkbox so many times a day.

This realy interferes my workflow. What do we have to do to be heard?

Thanks.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 08, 2021 Jun 08, 2021

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I am starting to suspect, after all these years, that this glitch is buried to deeply into the code that they don't want to bother with it.  I find it hard to believe that they don't recognize this as a problem, especially for retouchers who are option-clicking HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF TIMES A DAY. Keyboard commands are customizeable.  I believe it's a problem with mouse clicks, but I could be wrong.  However, I think professional coders could fix this.

Thanks for your (continuing) comments on this issue.

Best,

Jay Penni

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New Here ,
Aug 19, 2021 Aug 19, 2021

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This is truly beyond the pale. I just started a gig heavy on photo editing and this feature is both productivity-killing and frustrating. I don't know much about customizing commands/inputs or coding but would it be possible to assign a different button to the sample point picker so rather than pressing option we could press an F key or something? Even a cheap video game lets you customize what inputs/commands correspond to whatever buttons so it's wild to me that this premium program does not offer its users this option. 

 

In the mean time one eye is on the tool bar and one eye is on the art 🙂

 

-E

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 19, 2021 Aug 19, 2021

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Thanks for your comment.  If you're retouching dust spots in a large area, then setting your sample source to "Aligned" can work great.  If you need to sample from a tiny area in order to build up a patch(a belt buckle or coin, for example.  Or to finish a blemished part of a shoe), then this glitch is problematic.  It was a terrible User Inteface bug to begin with.  "Let's use the key someome clicks hundreds of times rapidly to change the setting!  Great idea!" The fact that it's never been remedied is astounding.  I suspect it is easier to modify keyboard shortcuts than mouse/keyboard combination shortcuts.  This code may be buried too deep for them to want to bother with.

Best,

Jay Penni

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