Fabrics & clothing
Clone painted fabrics should appear to drape the body without any flattened out or painted on look.   A simple trick is to mix different fabrics, a plaid overlayed on a print can produce what appears to be a completely different fabric.  

Warping (or distorting) fabrics with filters before clone painting with them is another cheap and easy way to add some realistic movement and flow to clothing without a lot of fussy hand painting. 

And there's that nifty non-aligned setting on the clone tool that we will be talking about below.

 2 color 7K dancer



Create a new image and flood fill it with a pattern

 Grab a plaid and create a full size fabric pattern image for your clone source, making it large enough to give yourself some elbow room.

Remember ... always scale your clone pattern images to a similar scale as the object you will be painting.  

Now if you warp or distort the fabric pattern with a filter you can skip the next step.  Just use the same basic settings and method that was used for wood.

Set the clone tool to non aligned and keep releasing the mouse button frequently while painting. This helps disguise the overall sameness of the plaid and painted clothing will look more natural.

The left half of this spectator's dress got clone painted with the tool set at aligned while the right half was set at non-aligned with lots of stopping and restarting.

Aligned means everything between the clone source and the clone target stays continuous (generally ideal for most other jobs)

Non aligned means each time we stop (release mouse) the tool goes back and resets itself to the original starting point.  Not good when cloning a face since you'd get six noses, but works quite well in breaking up the continuity of fabric patterns.

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spectator cloned dress example
left side at aligned
right side non-aligned
fabric was not warped

For max flexibility you may choose to warp fabrics and also use the non-aligned clone tool setting.


a measly blue swatch can become any color in an instant 

plaid variation quickies

By adjusting the Hue Saturation Lightness in addition to the other color options available on the Colors Menu we can quickly create any shades we need.

If fabric cloning on a layer it's very easy to experiment and change (what appear to be complicated) color patterns at any point along the way before the layers finally get merged.