Could you please post a screenshot taken at View > 100% and with the pertinent Panels (Layers, Channels, Options Bar, …) visible?
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That looks like the clone stamp too working as it should.
When you Alt click you set the sample position.
Then when you click in the new position it will paint with the offset from the sample to the paint position. So the "from" position moves as well as the "to" position as you paint. So if you keep painting you can reproduce the whole image.
To just have the stem on the right (enlarged to cover the right hand side):
Draw a marquee round the stem
Ctrl+C to copy
Add a new empty layer
Ctrl+V to paste (this will paste the stem onto a new layer in the same position as the old)
Now you can use the Move tool to move and scale the image of the stem and position it where you want it.
Hard to tell what you actually did – where you picked the source, where you dabbed/stroked, ….
What are the Clone Source and Brush settings?
Did you want to apply the stem multiple times?
Oh, I see. Yes, I tried playing with it some more while waiting for replies and I have to say that it's making a lot more sense. See, I was thinking the tool was more like a cookie cutter where one could just plop (or paint) one small, specific thing all over the canvas without anything else getting in the way.
I have absolutely no experience with the tool (I'm someone who uses Photoshop to draw so I haven't had a use for it, until now), so I'm sorry if I caused any kind of confusion.
Thank you so much for clarifying!
No problem at all - that is what the forum is for. If you get stuck just ask
Note : If you want to repeat the same area multiple times, you can uncheck "Aligned". Then Alt click to set the "from" point and move to the new area and paint by holding down the mouse button.
Now, lift the mouse button and move to a new area. Paint again and you will see the "from" has been reset to where you originally clicked.
just plop (or paint) one small, specific thing all over the canvas
I wonder if you wanted what you would get when you uncheck »Aligned« – in that case each time one clicks the same spot serves as the starting point of the new stroke.