Photoshop: Clone tool not working

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I have used photoshop for several years and all of a sudden the Clone tool is not working normally.
I am on an unlocked layer
I select the clone tool
I adjust it to the size and hardness I want. 100% hardness
I move it over a part of the image I want to Clone and click Alt to select
I move to where I want to copy it to and can see the cloned image in the tool but when I click it doesn't do anything
Please help
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nicole ramsay

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Check the Mode settings. If that is anything other than Normal, this could explain it. Also check that the Opacity or Flow is not set to zero or a very low value.

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Richard Mollica

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I had the same problem and it was because my mode setting was not set to normal. Thanks!
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Alberto Dalla Via

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thanks! I solved it with your comment. Opacity was a minimum
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Michael Joseph Rossi

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Me too. Thanks. Love IT, literate people, with a magic wand
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Kit Kerner

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I have had some issues with PS and think I have solved some of them, but for now, I found a link (see below) and it had some answers to my problem and there is a "clone problem" solved there too. check it out and I hope it helps:

Good Luck! 

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Had problems with the clone tool and the 'Your Cursor Disappears or Changes Shape' one solved it for me. 

Other cursors: Switching from Standard to Precise to be exact.
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Sam Ostrow

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Or it picks up something you don't want (and don't even see in the image) and won't let go of it.
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Guy Tal

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Same problem here. No selections, no masks, opacity 100%, on Background layer. Clone tool acts more like healing brush. Changes pixels but not exact clone of source.
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Guy Tal

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Found what I believe is a solution. Opening the Tool Preset Picker (leftmost button on the top bar when selecting the clone tool), then clicking the gear icon, there's a "Reset Tool" option in the menu that seems to have fixed the problem, which is odd since I never changed any of the tool settings and they all look the same after the reset as they were before.
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Hannah Smith

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Mine is doing this too. I have checked all settings, ensured unlocked layer, mode is normal etc. It is working inconsistently. If I reset the tool it works again for a couple clicks or so then it seems to no longer be connected to the tool and I have to reset all over again to maybe get a couple more clicks working. Sometimes it doesn't work at all with a reset. Very frustrating. 
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