Gimp version: 2.10.30

OS: Arch Linux

When I try to draw using the clone tool, I just get a message saying "Set a source image first". I'm holding down Ctrl while clicking to select a source, but it's not letting me draw once I select the clone source.

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  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. I can't reproduce this problem unfortunately. Ctrl+click does set the source, and should work. see example. I wonder if there is some conflict with your screen recording software?
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 21, 2022 at 19:18
  • Perhaps a tiny selection somewhere? Tried Select > None?
    – xenoid
    Mar 21, 2022 at 20:51
  • I found post a post from a Linux user who said they had to use Ctrl+Alt+click. Try that. Might be OS related.
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 22, 2022 at 8:20
  • @BillyKerr it happens without screen recording running (I wasn't screen recording when I first discovered the issue)
    – Ben Davis
    Mar 24, 2022 at 21:17
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    @BillyKerr - You're right, Ctrl + Alt was the right key combo. Not sure why that changed! Thanks for the info.
    – Ben Davis
    Mar 24, 2022 at 21:21

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Thank you Billy Kerr I also have the same problem on Ubuntu with Gimp 2.10.30 and using Cnt+Alt+click works there as well. So I guess it is a problem with Linux and Gimp. So if you have a problem on Linux try Cnt+Alt+click to set the source.

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