5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 12, 2018 11:14 PM by D.A.R

    Clone stamp issue

    patrickl93429112

      Hey there,

       

      I have read a lot of article regarding the clone stamp issue in PS but nothing fixed my problem yet. Here is the scenario:

       

      I have opened my file out of LR (not as smart object). I would like to add my watermark to a new layer by using the stamp tool. Once I created a new layer and I selected it and then use the stamp tool I get this message

       

      "Could not use the clone stamp because the area to clone has not been defined (option-click to define a source point)."

       

      I am getting more and more frustrated because nothing seems to help. I have since restarted PS as well as my laptop twice.

       

      I am using PS CC 2018 on a Mac.

       

      What am I doing wrong?

       

      Thanks for any help.

        • 2. Re: Clone stamp issue
          chanaart Adobe Community Professional

          Did you check the options bar? you should check Current layer and below aor all layers. You are probably trying to clone an empty layer...

           

          Screen Shot 2018-03-12 at 14.16.57.png

          • 3. Re: Clone stamp issue
            chanaart Adobe Community Professional

            Yes you can use another tool but if you use the stamp tool make sure if it is on an empty layer....check the current layer and the all layers...

            • 4. Re: Clone stamp issue
              norman.sanders Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              You indicated that you selected the watermark. It is not actually Selected and that may be the problem.

              I assume the watermark is a separate file. Let's call the watermark the Source file and the file to which you want to apply it is the Target file. With the Source chosen, Alt-click on any point within the watermark. Then release the mouse and move to the Target file. Now click and drag the cursor to clone the Source image.

              (One more thing: since you want the watermark to be an integral part of the image, it should be on the same layer as the image itself.)

              • 5. Re: Clone stamp issue
                D.A.R Adobe Community Professional

                Is it possible you are confusing the name of the clone stamp tool with a stamp-like action like that of a rubber stamp on paper.?

                 

                You could easily create a custom brush or a custom shape which would act as your "stamp" whenever you wanted to add a watermark.

                 

                Example of a brush:

                Screenshot 2018-03-13 01.32.11.png

                 

                Example of a custom shape:

                Screenshot 2018-03-13 01.33.35.png

                To create a custom brush - Draw your watermark (or type) as you wish it to appear on a blank layer. Make it fairly large so as to accommodate various size images. Be sure to hide all other layers.

                Then from the Edit menu choose Define Brush Preset. Give it a name.

                Now the brush is available to you whenever you want.

                 

                To create a custom shape - Draw your watermark (or type) as you wish it to appear on a blank layer. Make it fairly large so as to accommodate various size images. Be sure to hide all other layers.

                Command / Control click on the layer thumbnail. This will make a selection. In the Paths panel, click the icon in the middle of the icons at the bottom of the panel (Make path from selection)

                Then from the Edit menu choose Define Custom Shape. Give it a name.

                Now the shape is available to you whenever you want.

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