Photoshop: How to rotate Clone Stamp preview

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I wish Photoshops clone tool(s) had a feature that would allow the preview image that shows what you are about to clone to be able to rotate before stamping. In other words If I want to clone an eyeball in the middle of my forehead, I set the target point on my eye, but then when I hover over the area I want to begin covering with the cloned image, having a feature that would allow the visible pattern of my eye that I see to rotate left or right so the new stamp shows the eye rotated in the new spot. This would be helpful in cloning things in a 1 point perspective like wood grain or train tracks.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Does the rotation field in the Clone Source panel not achieve what you want?

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where is this panel? I've never seen it before. maybe better UI would fix this hidden feature?
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Go to menu 'Window - Clone Source'.
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Howard Pinsky, Champion

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Jeffrey beat me to it, but here's a video of what you're asking for. :)
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Adam Evans

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Thank you gentlemen. I learned something from you. Much appreciated!
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Any way to tie the rotation field in the Clone Source panel to make the angle change with a key command and mouse movement while working? Almost like the brush size change using control and option and dragging the cursor to the right.

It would be nice to be able to change the angle without moving the mouse off screen as a way to match the desired clone angle perfectly.
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Hey Matthew,

I was looking for the same thing and found these shortcuts.

• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + Arrow Keys (left, right, up and down) to nudge the Clone Source (move the X and Y offset).

• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + < or > to rotate the Clone Source.

• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + { or } to transform the Clone Source (set the W and H scale).

Hope they achieve what you are looking for.

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unbelievable that EVERY other brush rotates in the Brush panel - in fact even the size of the clone stamp too is adjusted in the brush panel - but the Clone SOURCE menu is where you change that one aspect... The fact that so many people look for this, and that I am a 20 year Photoshop user and am still confused by this says a lot about a messed up user interface.  SIMPLIFY and STANDARDIZE please Adobe.  - I came back to make a further comment... the Brush tool has a lovely visual rotation tool... The clone stamp source tool by contrast only has a numeric degree - with no preview... nightmare.
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HI! This is a very usefull idea: left / right arrows to rotate the selected brush for the stamp tool and up / down arrows to rotate stamp source. Please..

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There are already keyboard shortcuts to Rotate the Clone Source

Rotate Clone Source

Alt + Shift + < or > (windows)

Option + Shift + < or > (mac)

A major issue, however, is a great majority of photoshop's keyboard shortcuts do not work on non US English keyboards/operating systems, so adobe should let all keyboard shortcuts be customized and then a user could assign whatever key they choose for certain function such as the keyboard shortcut you suggest.

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There is a combination of keys, but it is impossible to use it: it is inconvenient to press with one hand and the change is only 0.1 degrees ... how long does it take to wait for a change of +/- 90 degrees? Well, you can only use it on the English keyboard layout, as you said.

Now there are only 3 ways to change the angle of rotation of the source of the stamp:
1. Change the value of a field by entering its digital value directly.
2. Change by dragging the icon to the left of the field.
3. Put the input focus in the field and scroll the mouse wheel

1 and 2 work correctly, but you have to move the mouse cursor to the field, change the value, then bring the insertion to the target for preview, if you have not guessed with the angle - switch to the field again, etc.

3 - you only need to switch to the field once, then you can use the mouse wheel to change the angle and see the result, but there is a problem - the cursor must be kept above the original position (where the source from Alt was taken) otherwise Photoshop (tested in PS 21.0.1 win) will change the position of the source itself (in method 1 and 2 this does not happen). As a workaround: Take the source from alt, click on the approximate target where we need to see the preview (fixing the offset), undo the last action, put the cursor in the field and now you can change the value and see the preview at the insertion point. Long. Of the advantages: in addition to changing to 0.1 degrees by default, you can change with Shift to +/- 1 degree.

Ideally, it seems to me:
- assign a change in the angle of rotation of the source of the stamp on the insole keys up and down with a change of 1 degree.
- with Shift held down - change by 15 degrees (can be moved out to the settings if another value is more convenient for the user)
- with Alt clamped - 0.1 degrees (it would be more convenient Ctrl, but already taken)
And after taking the source from Alt, but before its first use of the tool, rotate the source as in methods 1 and 2 (i.e. without fixing Offset) with a preview in the cursor position.

In any case, it is necessary to quickly rotate the source with a preview of the result at the place of insertion of the copied fragment without the need to move the mouse cursor from the canvas.