Photoshop CC 2015.1.2 release

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I'm trying to clone out this plug socket but the clone stamp tool seems to either lighten or darken when painting the sample in. It results in a patchy job. I've reset the clone stamp tool numerous times and it's had no effect. Doesn't change when I sample from all layers, current layer or current and below.

I thought it could be my eyes playing tricks on me, but I don't think it is. I can get a much better result in Lightroom using the spot removal tool, sampling without much thought.

Below – Trying to remove it in photoshop: I sampled close by, trying to match as closely as I could. The samples are all over the place, producing colours that don't exist anywhere near (if at all) where I sampled from.

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Using the spot removal tool in Lightroom: A really quick and dirty attempt, cloning from fairly random areas gives much better results, albeit not as good as I can usually get with the clone tool. Unfortunately I can't link an image as I have no rep points. However, it looks almost perfect.

I've never had this problem before, it seems to have happened in the last few days. Any ideas? Thank you.


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There is no "Problem", you are cloning a lighter area!

You need to revise your technique...

You are trying to clone within a gradient, You need to clone in a similarly graded area such as the left-side. TBH cloning to erase an artefact within a gradient is one of the harder tasks in image manipulation to get to look any good.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Ah I'm an idiot. Thanks for the response. I seem to be getting a much better result with the patch tool. It manages to match the gradients quite well, similar to how it does it in lightroom. \$\endgroup\$
    – senojoeht
    Mar 23, 2016 at 7:39

Its seems like a software issue, some cc versions will clone only certain channels for some reason

Some times you have to upgrade to a new/old version to solve this.


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