Photoshop: Rotate clone source

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I came to this site hoping to find a way to get a couple suggestions to Photoshop's coders. I see no indication that is possible, but I will post two ideas anyway in the hope someone else knows how to get them to people who can implement them: Both my ideas involve brushes; the first is a way to rotate the clone stamp. For instance if I want to clone in a patch of hair it is almost certainly going to be oriented the wrong way. The next idea involves the selection tool. One version of Photoshop I had for a short time had the selection boundary coming out of the mouse arrow. I have no idea how that happened but it was much better than the normal tool, which so often blocks my view of exactly where the line is. I know nearly nothing about coding but doubt either of these changes would be difficult and they sure would be helpful to users.
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Chris Cox

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The clone source palette already allows you to rotate the cloned image. And you can choose how to show the cloned area in that palette as well.

Not sure what you mean by "selection boundary coming out of the mouse arrow".
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You really do not want to move your mouse to the clone source panel, as is hard to make precise lineups with the preview of your brush against the art.
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'Rotate the clone source' is not scriptable. I tried it by saving tools or brush, but it always was restored to zero after returning to previous preset. Regardning selection I don't understand :(
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Chris,
Can you expand a little on how to find and use the clone rotation?
As for the "selection boundary", I'm talking about the marching ants line that is created by the polygonal lasso tool. That tool outline often blocks my view of exactly where the line is going to be. An earlier version of Photoshop somehow was using the arrow shaped mouse cursor as the selection tool and the line would seem to come right out of the tip of it, which made it very easy to see exactly where the line was being placed.
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Open the clone source palette, change the rotation angle.

Any rotation of the cursor is going to block the work behind it at some point or another.
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The lasso tool pointer can be changed in the preferences... look under the cursors tab.
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Thank you Chris. I changed the cursor to precise and that gets the tool out of my visual path
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Pro Tip - Read what the manual has to say about the tools you're using before making suggestions.
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That's a bit harsh. Some people might not know the right terms to search for, or just misunderstand bits of the features. That's why they come here to ask questions.
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Well that's really helpful eartho! What manual are you talking about? I have three of them and there must be at least a dozen others. I have never seen any reference to either of my suggestions in any of the three I have. And I don't see why a suggestion should be offensive even if a solution has been written somewhere before. Some of us don't have time to search every article ever written.
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Seriously? You can type "rotate stamp source" into either google or the online help available through the Help menu in Ps and read all about how the stamp tool works. This takes far less time than what you've typed out here.

The same goes for the tool prefs which i answered you above... google: "change cursor photoshop." No need to search every article ever written since google does that for you and will provide the answer in the first link on the page.
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Well, pardon me again. I guess I just have the wrong impression of what forums are for. I thought they were a place to find help for a problem, but you are the second one I have encountered in several years who seem to think they are a place to criticize everyone who knows less than they. I hope that makes you feel really important.
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Option Shift < or >. Problem is that it ti too slow. You can hold down continuosly to spam command, but I would prefer a draggable command such as for brush size/softness.