Clone Brush Engine

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The clone brush is a brush engine that allows you to paint with a duplication of a section of a paint-layer. This is useful in manipulation of photos and textures. You have to select a source and then you can paint to copy or clone the source to a different area. Other applications normally have a separate tool for this, Krita has a brush engine for this.

Usage and Hotkeys

To see the source, you need to set the brush-cursor settings to brush outline.

The clone tool can now clone from the projection and it’s possible to change the clone source layer. Press the Ctrl + Alt + mouseleft shortcut to select a new clone source on the current layer. The Ctrl + mouseleft shortcut to select a new clone source point on the layer that was active when you selected the clone op.

Warning

The Ctrl + Alt + mouseleft shortcut is temporarily disabled on 2.9.7.

Settings

Painting mode

Healing

This turns the clone brush into a healing brush: often used for removing blemishes in photo retouching, and maybe blemishes in painting.

Perspective correction

Only works when there’s a perspective grid visible.

Warning

This feature is currently disabled.

Source Point move

This will determine whether you will replicate the source point per dab or per stroke. Can be useful when used with the healing brush.

Source Point reset before a new stroke

This will reset the source point everytime you make a new stroke. So if you were cloning a part in one stroke, having this active will allow you to clone the same part again in a single stroke, instead of using the source point as a permanent offset.

Clone from all visible layers

Tick this to force cloning of all layers instead of just the active one.