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Clone stamp, healing brush, etc. will not work on copied layer?

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Sep 27, 2017

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I have made an adjustment to another layer copy already.  Then I made another copy and tried to clone something out.  It won't do anything.  Please help, I know it's something ridiculously simple but I haven't found an answer on youtube...

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Clone stamp, healing brush, etc. will not work on copied layer?

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I have made an adjustment to another layer copy already.  Then I made another copy and tried to clone something out.  It won't do anything.  Please help, I know it's something ridiculously simple but I haven't found an answer on youtube...

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Sep 27, 2017

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what software please? i.e, Photoshop, illustrator etc

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 27, 2017

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Have you checked to make sure that the option for cloning on all layers is selected? If it is on current layer only, nothing will happen.

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It is on "All Layers." 

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Sep 27, 2017

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Can you post a screen shot of your layer panel. Also are you using the alt key to target the are that you want to clone, releasing it and then trying to clone?

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I have done this so far:

Made a copy of the image/layer mask to smooth the backdrop via "Noise/Median."

Am trying to do frequency separation which requires (2) copies of the image - 1 for Gaussian blur, 1 for "Apply Image/Subtract"

I don't know if that translates but I just cannot figure out why I can't get it to work.

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yes, I understand what you are trying to do, but again I need to see you layers panel to see what is going on

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Thank you. What layer are you trying to clone on? If you are trying to clone on either backdrop or backdrop copy, you aren't going to see it, because you have masked the couple out - they are black in the mask. Black conceals, white reveals in a mask. Is that where you are having a problems?

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I did, at first, then I cloned on the original and it worked... Now, I've tried making copies of the original to do frequency separation and it's not working the way it's supposed to.  The layer for Gaussian blur is blurring the image and not giving me the option to do what I need to... Here's a screen shot:Capture.PNG

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Well, I'm not sure what layers you are talking about, since they are not named according to what you are doing. But right now, you are on a layer that isn't visible (the eyeball is turned off) and you can't do anything on an invisible layer.

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Truthfully  would start over because you shouldn't have a cut out from your backdrop and I am not sure where you are cloning. For frequency separation, you should be using the gausian blur on the gausian layer and then a very soft clone on the subtract layer. You can add a layer above the subtract layer and clone there to see whether the clone is working or not. It may be that the clone is working, but is subtle and you don't see it. If you are cloning on that same layer, if you aren't getting the clone tool to work there, then there are some general trouble shooting techniques. Make sure that you do not have a selection any where. Make sure that there isn't a blending mode set on the tool that may be affecting the tool. Open a new document and test to see if the tool works there. If it doesn't work at all, reset your Photoshop Preferences.

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Hope one of these help.

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First, let me say I am aware this is from years ago lol, however, I was having the same issue. To fix, I had to merge the layers together and was able to use the healing tool again. Shot healing was working on the original but the layers still had the spot I was trying to clone so it was still showing. Hope this helps someone in the future.

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