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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Adam Evans

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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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Matthew Walker

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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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Benjamin Juhani Halsall

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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.