How To Fix Your Photoshop Clone Stamp Tool
There’s an old saying that stupid people never learn from their mistakes. That smart people learn from their own mistakes. And that wise people learn from other’s mistakes. So before you do anything rash, say format your hard drive or uninstall your entire Adobe suite - wait. Learn from our mistakes. Because we found a workaround and some insights into what might be causing this lag in your clone stamp tool.
Disclaimer: this isn’t an official Adobe Certified solution. Just something we figured out based on trial and error.
1. The Clone Stamp Tool Is Acting Weird
We found that there are two scenarios when you’ll notice a lag when using the clone stamp tool in Photoshop. The first is caused by enabling the ruler - an easy fix. There is a thread on the Adobe Photoshop community where this was recently covered. The second, we found, was much less discussed, if at all, and was caused by ultrawide display monitors.
Now ultrawide displays are great for graphic design and video editing, but! There are still a lot of bugs in the Windows O.S. that don’t scale the actual display properly when communicating with the software. The scaling issue is especially common when using multiple monitors and using the clone stamp tool or, enabling the ruler in Photoshop. One of the best things we found is to use the same brand and display resolution across multiple monitors.
2. You Don’t Need To Format Your Computer
We tried formatting the hard drive. A new OS installation. New software. New plugins. No plugins. None of it worked. We tried tweaking every property in the preferences panel in Photoshop. One by one. So you don’t have to. Just a side note, there are several instances when the lag could be caused by the graphics card. However those issues are usually not limited to the clone stamp tool. If you think that’s your problem, go to your preferences and change the setting for your “Use Graphics Processor” from “Advanced” to “Normal” or to “Basic'“. Usually that helps, but isn’t the main reason behind the slowness experienced by most people.
3. How To Actually Fix The Clone Stamp Tool
If you don’t want to mess around with your display and graphic card setting on Windows 10, you can just go to your View tab inside of Photoshop and scroll down to “Rulers” and disable it. Or, if you’re a keyboard enthusiast like us, you can hit “Ctrl + R” assuming you’re a pc user, and the ruler will simply toggle off. It’s a seemingly easy solution, yet no actual update patch has been rolled out. Neither by Microsoft or Adobe.
The second and slightly longer solution is to tweak your display and graphic card’s properties. Here’s how it works.
First, right click on your desktop and click on “Display Settings”. If you haven’t done so already, set the scaling to whatever seems reasonable for your work environment so you don’t have to squint in order to read.
Then save. You might have to log out and back into Windows if you actually changed the scaling properties.
Ok, now you’re back in and ready to adjust your video card settings. As before, right click on your desktop and navigate to your graphic card’s control panel. If you’re an Nvidia user, look for the “Display” section on the left side and select “Adjust desktop size and position”. On the right hand side, you should see all your monitors displayed. Go to where it says “Apply the following settings” and change the scaling to either “Aspect ratio” or “No scaling” and also choose to perform scaling on your GPU (instead of Display). Lastly, check off the box for “Override the scaling mode set by games and programs” and you should be all set.
We went with no scaling, but tried both and they all worked. If this helped you, confused you or, if we missed anything, feel free to let us know in the comments below.