PixInsight 1.5

The Officially Unofficial Reference Guide

Rev.0.1 – 3/29/2010

Section 16: Painting


CloneStamp is PixInsight's implementation of this well-known image editing tool. It is an interactive dynamic tool, just like DBE or DynamicCrop, for example. This means that you can create process icons and scripts with CloneStamp instances, exactly as you can do for any other processes, and apply them to any number of images without restrictions.

You open the CloneStamp interface and click on an image to start a new session. That image will be the "clone stamp target", to which all clone stamp actions will write pixels. Then you Ctrl+click on any point of an open image (including the target image of course) to define a first "source point", click on the target image to define a first "target point", and start dragging with the mouse to perform cloning actions. You can start a new action by clicking again and dragging, and define a new source/target point pair with Ctrl+click / click at any moment.

The Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y keys can be used while the target image is active to undo/redo clone stamp actions. If you cancel the process (red cross icon on the interface's control bar), the initial state of the image is restored. If you apply the process (green check mark icon), all clone stamp actions (except those that have been undone) are applied, just as any other process.

Radius: Radius of the clone stamp brush.

Softness: Modify to define softer or coarser brush edges.

Opacity: Define the opacity of the cloning action.

Copy brush: Copy current action brush parameters.

Show bounds: Draws a box around the current cloned area.

Navigation controls: The CloneStamp interface includes a local history that can be used to undo/redo/delete performed actions. This allows you to revisit any cloning action done during the cloning session, by clicking on the blue arrows (From left to right: First, previous, next and last cloning actions).

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