Just change the blend mode of the blank layer to Darken, no need to change the blend mode of the clone stamp tool from normal.
Thank you, but I would really like to keep the blank layer set to normal and just change the blending mode for the clone stamp tool back and forth from lighten to darken blending mode. Having the blank layer set to normal helps me avoid confusion. Is it still possible to do this in CS5? I think it used to work like this in CS3.
In order to clone on blank layers in CS5 using more than one blending mode, do I have to have a separate blank layer for each blending mode I want to use?
Thanks a lot.
Yes you could use two blank layers set each to the different blend modes or if it's just a specific area in the document, you might make a selection of that area
and copy the area to a new layer and then you can use the clone stamp by just varying the blend modes in the tool options bar.
The reason you can't use the clone stamp tool set to different blend modes on a blank layer is there are no pixels already there to blend with.
It might be easier to tell the darken and lighten layers apart if you name them darken and lighten.
Well thanks. It's not just a portion of the image that I want to clone on using different blend modes, but the entire image. I didn't want to duplicate the background to clone on as it adds a lot in size to the image and its harder to edit out incase I make a mistake. Guess I will have to have two layers, one set to lighten and one to darken. I wish that Adobe would make photoshop work in the next version so that you could just change the blending mode of the clone stamp tool in the tool bar. Wasn't it like this in versions before CS5?
So I have another question for you. Can I use the healing brush on lighten and darken blending modes on a blank layer set to normal with sample current and below selected? Or do I have to switch between two separate layers, one set to lighten, one set to darken?
I don't believe that has changed for the clone stamp tool in cs5 over previous versions.
You should be able to use the healing brush on a blank layer and vary the blending modes in the tool options bar.
You might file a feature request over here:
Thank you for your help.
I have one last follow up question for you. Can you paint on a blank layer set to normal above the background layer setting the brush tool to different blend modes in the tool options bar?
The Brush Tool has the same limitations as the Clone Stamp Tool in regards to painting on a blank layer.