Lightroom: Clone/Heal Brush Disappearing and Not Working

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In lightroom 3 the clone/heal brush isn't working. When I select it to use the cursor does not change from an arrow to the brush and then when I move the cursor over the photograph to take out a blemish the cursor disappears entirely. I have tried restarting lightroom and restarting my computer. Neither of these worked. I searched online and found a ton of other people with the same problem but no one had a solution. PLEASE HELP!! This is really annoying!!!
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Abby Alger

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Abby, can you please confirm OS and LR version - and in this case, are you using a MacBook Air 11" by any chance?
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I think I figured out the problem.. the brush size defaults to zero so it disappears. Silly defaults if you ask me but I am glad it was a simple solution!
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That does sound like a silly default! I think it's probably defaulting to the last setting used, from memory.
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Constantly losing clone/heal circle. It still works but there's no indication as to the location nor radius of the tool I'm using. Restart fixes issue. It's been around ever since LR has had the tool across several workstations. Mac Pro 2006, 2010, Macbook Pro 2010. Newest system is 6-core 3.33GHz with 24GB Ram, 240GB ssd (catalog/previews) with 3TB seagate as my RAW drive. ATI 4870 card. Happens all the time. LR 4.3RC

>>> This is not a "zero radius" issue. My Magic Mouse swipe up/down changes the radius of the tool and has no impact on the radius showing up. <<<
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Hit the "H" key to turn the circles on and off
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Mel Cunningham

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OMG thank you Robert! That's the simple solution I needed. I knew I'd just pressed something innocuous. 
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Ashley Moskowitz

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Robert you are a life saver
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Bryce Lang

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I wish that worked, when I open clone tool and try to click on a spot it turns into the arrow mouse icon and does nothing. How frustrating! Using an iMac here, never had this problem previously.
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Sometimes weird behavior is corrected/cured by resetting the preferences. 

Reset Procedure:1. Close Lightroom.
2. Hold down [Alt/Opt]+[Shift] while restarting Lightroom. 
3. Overwrite the Preferences when prompted by the dialog.
4. Close Lightroom.
5. Restart Lightroom.Does the behavior continue after resetting the preferences?