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In this video, we're going to be talking about the Quick Clone feature. And quick cloning is just a way to make a clone of a source image, but do it in such a manner that a bunch of housekeeping is taken care of, according to how you set its preferences. For now, let's go up to Preferences and I want to open up Quick Clone, and let's just talk a little bit about what's going on here. First of all, you have the option whether or not you close the source image or not when you make a Quick Clone.
Now those of you who've been around Painter for a while may say well, if I close my source image, how am I going to be cloning? Well, we're going to get into a little more detail about that in the Source panel in the next video, but I'll go so far as to tell you that in Painter 12, they've done a nice thing, which is they now embed any source imagery that you use in your destination document as part of that document. So, in the past, you had to keep track of if I want to ever reestablish a Clone Source, I need to find that original source document and set that Clone Source and destination relationship up, but it's all now going to be taken care of for you.
So I tend to want to keep this closed. The only reason that you may want to keep it open is, if you're going to make adjustments to that image, as you're doing some clone work, by having the source image separately open and still established as a clone, it will give you the opportunity to go in there and perhaps do something like Smart Blur to it or anything you want to do. On the other hand, you could prep an image and do several different variations of it, for example, so you could have a version of the image that has had Smart Blur associated with it.
You can have a version that's got more saturation associated with it and each of those, as we'll see, can be in the Clone Source panel where you can switch among them. So it's up to you, but now that this new system is in place, I prefer to embed my clone sources in the image. So, because of that, you can close the source image once you've established the relationship. Secondly, you can decide, do I want to open the Clone Source panel when I get there? You may want to do that. If you look over, we did this earlier.
I like to have my Clone Source panel already available at the same level in my palette stack along with layers and channels. So I know where it is, I don't need for it to be called up. So I typically keep this off. Next, we have Clear Canvas. If you don't clear the canvas up, what's going to happen is it's going to make your destination image and it's going to be exactly the same as the source image and for most of the work, I like to have the canvas blank as if I'm starting with a blank canvas, knowing that cloning brushes or tracing paper, all are available to me to be able to see or access that image, and it works better when the canvas does not have anything on it.
So I tend to keep Clear Canvas on. Next, you can choose to have Tracing Paper automatically turned on. Personally, I don't use Tracing Paper that much, so I do not automatically have it turned on. However, when we get to the Clone Source panel, I will show you how you can turn it on and off. So, if you don't turn it on here now, it's not as if you're making an irreversible decision. You still have the ability to turn it on and off. I just like to begin with that blank canvas and I don't want to see a ghost of my source image in the document.
And finally, do I want to switch to cloner brushes? No, there's many different activities I may use that don't use cloner brushes. So the two that I normally keep on and recommend are, close your source image and clear the canvas, and with these preferences set, we're ready to go.
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