Can you provide more details about what you mean when you say LR will "refuse to heal or clone properly?" That's not a very clear description of your problem.
An example with a screen shot would be very helpful.
There are 2 screenshots attached to this..... the second screenshot shows me trying to clone out a piece of masking tape on the floor... you can see the sticky tape through the cloning at 100% strength of cloning. the first screenshot shows the settings used...
It is like the clone tool is only working like a 60% transparency, not a solid clone or heal.
speak english... what does "Moving to Photoshop Lightroom" mean?
All good Sheena... took me a second - pre-coffee...
Your screen shot appears to have HEAL chosen instead of CLONE.
and??? it heals the floor seamless on either heal OR clone but heal is less noticeable as I had dodgy builders do a crappy job on the floor which has a texturised finish due to the adhesive from the previous carpet being removed before they painted. It doesn't matter whether i use clone or heal it only works at 60%.... would you like me to prove it with clone dude?
I wouldn't be asking if I was stupid enough to have it set to 60% opacity then go why isn't it working?? at 100% heal removes ALL traces of the sticky take in every other of the 258 images taken in that photo shoot. My question is why does it do this to only the images that have had prior adjustments done to them via the tint, temp, exposure, shadows etc sliders? touch a slider and it won't clone or heal properly but not on all images...only when LR feels like it. I have notices though that if I use a LR preset like sepia etc and then either undo the action or leave it it does it far more often but not always. -.- HATE intermittent issues soooo hard to diagnose if you cant reproduce the error.
I don't have an answer to your cloning problem. But,"Moving to Photoshop Lightroom" means that your question was moved to the Photoshop Lightroom forum.
Regarding your problem, does this happen every time or is it intermittent? Also, please describe your system. Your operating system, amount of RAM, the camera you are using, the version of Lightroom you are using. The more information you can provide the better.
It's intermittent, I haven't been able to reproduce it by my normal method of editing but every now and then this happens and it's usually when I've spent a considerable time adjusting colours and highlights etc. or used a lightroom preset even if it is removed by undoing the action. That's the only constant is the use of presets and then editing after seems ineffective. If this is supposed to be that way I can live with that but if it's not I'd like to know how to fix it
As for specs:
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)
Processor: 3.2ghz Intelcore i5
Memory: 8GB 1867mhz DDr3
AMD Radeon R9 graphics processor - this tends to decide when it wants to work too...only fails when trying to launch Camera Raw editing in Bridge come to think of it...
1TB Hard Drive which is fast running out of storage (time for another icloud upload this week)
OS X El Capitan updated last week (oh but now that I go to check it there's now an update that wasn't there yesterday lmfao good on ya apple, for Camera Raw so I'll go and do that one tonight after I've finished editing the shoot I'm editing now). Must have these images for the model tonight!
Camera Raw 9.5 (to be updated tonight)
Lightroom CC updated 5 days ago and again today
Photoshop CC downloaded only last month - updated 5 days ago and again today
Bridge CC updated 5 days ago and again today
Cameras are Canon 5D MKIII and 6D (studio gear), Nikon D810 (one of my subbies)
Oh and I had bacon and eggs on toast for breakfast lmfao