When will ACR and Lightroom get "real" cloning?

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I've looked in the forums and I see the last time anyone asked this question was before 4.1 was released. I am currently an Aperture user. I bought a copy of Lightroom because I figured with all the other fancy features you would AT LEAST have fixed cloning by now. We have Panorama and HDR support but we can't even get cloning? I don't want to have to generate a TIFF file every time I need to get rid of some power lines in my photos. WAKE UP! Even the most rudimentary image editing programs can do cloning now. This isn't rocket surgery! And having decent cloning WILL NOT kill off photoshop (for christ's sake) People can still buy Elements you know? Or they can use Pixelmator or Corel or GIMP or any of the other graphics editing programs out there to do cloning. This isn't a "premium" feature anymore. Content Aware Fill? Sure. Keep that for Photoshop but give me a decent "rudimentary" traditional cloning tool. There are so many great features of Lightroom that this omission is almost criminal.

I should say... I am 90% happy with Lightroom as of version 4.1 as it does everything I might need (and well) except this one irritating, MADDENING lack of a feature! Please FIX THIS!

(I might even buy a copy of photoshop just out of gratitude.)
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Dante Recknagel

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This isn't "going into photoshop as little as possible" for me. At least 40% of my images need REAL cloning.
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Lightroom isn't an image editing program, as it's real purpose is editing camera raw files (metadata). It's not a pixel editor, though the lines are blurred somewhat by plugins for lightroom.

http://www.adobe.com/products/photosh...

All the other programs you listed are pixel editors.
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I am aware of that. Aperture is also a raw editor. As is DXO... and Bibble... They have real cloning.
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And the ones like Nikon's NX 2 that don't people complain about. Like this I just ran across from the dpreview,com forums:

"Re: First take on viewNX 2 (d7000) [SIMILAR]
mrbr - 3/3/2011
Gabbro wrote:
I found the View NX2 very useful and usable, to the point that I hardly go to Capture NX anymore. Other than detailed, local touch ups, I don't see the advantage of CNX. I agree the View NX2 is slow. But the CNX is not really any better. Since the View NX came free, we have no reason to complain.
Hi,
I agree completely with above writing. For basis PP ViewNX2 is sufficient.
Only a clone stamp tool is stil missing IMO."

Greetings,
Marc
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I wasn't that familiar with aperture, but i found a video on the cloning tool and it looks very useful.

It would be nice if lightroom had that without having to resort to an outside editor or plugin.

Really surprising that no lightroom aficionados have commented thus far.
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I think it's because they've never used Aperture and don't know what they are missing.
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I'd be at least "ok" with it if I could do cloning in photoshop "roundtrip" and come back to Lightroom with a compressed RAW file instead of an enormous TIFF. (Like 85Mb in size)
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Cloning (especially content-aware cloning) and RAW photoshop editing would be very useful things to have in LR. Please pretty please consider adding it to LR.
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This is something I've been hoping for since Lightroom 2. It's embarrassing that even something like iPhoto has a better cloning tool than Lightroom.