Clone Brush Engine


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 ctrl + alt + mouseleft to select a new clone source on the current layer. ctrl + mouseleft to select a new clone source point on the layer that was active when you selected the clone op.


ctrl + alt + mouseleft is temporarily disabled on 2.9.7


Painting mode

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.


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