Basic cloning techniques

The steps needed to create a clone copy are easy to follow and the process was made even quicker and simpler when the Quick Clone command was first introduced in Painter X.

Step 1 File> Open and select your picture.

Step 2 File> Quick Clone, this will achieve several steps which in earlier versions had to be done separately. A copy of the original picture is created, all the imagery is removed ready to clone, a brush from the Cloners category is selected and the Tracing Paper option activated.

Figure 2.4 shows the screen after the Quick Clone command has been used.

If you are using a version of Painter prior to X you will need to take the following steps.

File> Open, File> Clone, Select> Select All, Edit> Cut, Canvas> Tracing Paper.

The steps which the Quick Clone carries out can be customized to your preference by going to the Preferences which are explained in Chapter 1. For instance I prefer that this command does not revert to the Cloner brushes each time so I untick that option, but I tick the option for Clone Color which will turn most brushes into cloners. There is a lot more information on individual brushes and which are suitable for cloning in Chapter 4.

You can save your clone copy and continue on another day. Save the pictures as normal. When you want to continue cloning open the original image first, then the clone copy. With the clone copy active go to File> Clone Source and click on the name of your original image.

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