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I remember a few years ago I watched or read a tutorial that showed me how I can use the clone stamp tool with a static source point.

What I mean is that the source we indicate with the alt button should stay only on one place while we copy this to other areas of our subject/canvas.

How can I make the source that I set for the clone stamp tool static, so that it doesn't move while I'm copying/painting it on other areas?

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There's no way I know of to actually pin the source to a single specific spot, it always moves with the tool as you paint. But you can always start from the same source point.

If you unchecked Aligned in the Control Bar the source always starts from the same location.

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i dont see any difference when i check and uncheck the aligned.. do i miss something? – Yannis Dran May 14 '14 at 22:13
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The difference is when you lift the tool and stop painting.... then start painting again.. the source goes back to the original spot. – SOIA May 14 '14 at 22:17
    
yes, indeed, that's it! Seems a pity you have to release the pointer, but anyway. – Yannis Dran May 15 '14 at 3:02

There's no way I know of to actually pin the source to a single specific spot, it always moves with the tool as you paint. But you can always start from the same source point.

If you unchecked Aligned in the Control Bar the source always starts from the same location.

This is a great answer, but I have some more to add to explain why it works this way.

How can I make the source that I set for the clone stamp tool static, so that it doesn't move while I'm copying/painting it on other areas?

If you copied from a static point constantly it would create strange patterns. This can be avoided by "spacing" out the cloning action. Simply clicking repeatedly accomplishes this "spacing" action and gives you better control over it.

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Your first not yellow line should be better a comment to the answer I guess? What is ment with "spacing"? Can you show a screenshot? – Kurt Oct 11 '15 at 1:27

You could define a pattern ( select the source area - Modify > Define a pattern ) and then you could use the Clone Stamp Pattern

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I remember in an older version of CS, back in the beginning of CS, the clone tool could be static or it could move. The user simply had to indicate a preference. That feature seems to have been removed.

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Review my answer, the feature hasn't been removed at all. – SOIA May 8 '15 at 16:58
    
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