I'm trying to use the clone tool to remove stuff in the background. I must of hit a key because, now, the clone stamp barely does a thing.
I've played with all the brush settings, looked at my layer effects, reset both, and came up emtey.
HELP!!! due tonight
clone tool one of the least intuitive tools in Ae. have you read the help files or ran through a decent tutorial before you started? here read this: Use the After Effects Brush, Clone Stamp, and Eraser Paint tools
you can also watch this tutorial by a dear friend of the Ae Community, the one and only Todd Kopriva
if after all this you are still struggling with something, provide exact information about your setup, Ae exact version and show us some screenshots or video capture of the problem.