Photoshop: Clone Tool results look like 70% opacity (Opacity is set to 100%)

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(I have ben using PS since PS 4) Recently, when using the clone tool  it will clone, however it looks like it is about 70% opacity. BUT it opacity is set to 100 %, Sample all layers is checked and hardness is at 100% Yet you can still see the original image showing through. Patch tool works OK
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Check the Blending Mode. Is it set to Normal?
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Don Janelle

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Yes it is - but I did try some of the other modes too - no luck
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maybe your clone source layer is transparent?
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Thanks everyone!  I just tried some more experiments on a single layer PSD and JPG just to try.  Got the same results.  Again opacity and hardness are 100% blend mode normal.  I seems like opacity is about 33% because when I retraced over the subject 3 times I was able to completely change the target object to the new desired result. For example I wanted to remove a tree from in front of a house. You could still see the tree after the first pass and second pass. After The third pass you could not see the tree. (I was at 200% magnification too) 
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more than likely, some setting in your brush panel is causing this behavior.
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Indeed. And it could also be the brush itself. Some special brushes, like the 'Spatter' brushes, are not fully opaque. Using such a brush would explain the observed behavior.
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That may have done it.  I just went to the stock brush and it seems to work, although I wasn't using a splatter brush - I just changed from what I had to a new brush and that seems to do it - fingers crossed!

Thanks everyone who suggested ideas - I was out of my ideas. It's great have some fresh eyes on the problem.