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In this chapter we're going to take a look at cloning. Cloning is the use of a source and a destination image, and between those two images, something happens, and in Painter's case what it's really adept at is actually taking that source imagery, funneling it through some brush and reinterpreting it into a new medium, and so what we are going to be doing throughout these videos is showing you the various kinds of ways you can take advantage of this cloning and use it for a variety of techniques.
So I say let's go and send in the clones. Sometimes people get confused when they start talking about cloning, because there is a bit of a conceptual leap that takes place. So I'm going to explain at least in the terms of Painter exactly what's going on here. The way I keep track of this is, you've got a source image. This is the original image that you're going to work from and you're going to do an action that's going to create a clone. The clone is the Destination Image.
As I'm showing you here, Painter's brushes are capable of referencing the source image, in this case the image below. And it takes the color information, which is being found by the brush that's painting on the destination image. So what's happening is it's funneling that local color in the same place in the source image that it's applying it in the Destination Image. But what's happening to the character of that imagery is it's going through a brush that is applying all of its characteristics to the destination image.
So what it does is it interprets or translates the source imagery in this case a photograph into what looks like a painted image. There are a variety of ways to do this and to get various results. But that's the basic concept of what cloning is in the terminology of a source image, and a destination image is a very clear way to keep track in your mind which is which. The source is always your original information and the destination is the image that the transformation is being applied to.
So to create a clone in Painter, you need an image. So I'm going to go in and go to my Exercise Files here, and we'll go down to chapter 12, and I've got an image here Waterfall. So I'm going to open that. So this is going to be the source image. We are going to now create a clone of this. So I'm going to go up to the File menu, and I'm going to take advantage of the Quick Clone command which just kind of sets things up for me. So what you can see now is that we have got a destination document.
There is nothing on it right now, but it's an image waiting for the source color information to be translated by a Brush. So in the next video, we're going to take a look at how we can now take advantage of the various levels of cloning once we've learned how to establish a source and a destination document.
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