I am responding to Marilyn's request for more specific info about how I use the Painter 11 version of cloning and miss it incredibly much in Painter 12.
My usual flow goes something like this: I prepare my photos for paining in Photoshop, including multiple layers if I am doing a collage. This file then becomes my clone source in Painter. By selecting one layer or multiple, they appear in Painter clones as references. It is with a click that I can select a new source within the original Photoshop file. I can also modify any layer with the Transform tools on the fly. Changes appear instantly in the clone.
Not so with Painter 12. Yes, I can use multiple layers in the clone source, but the layer I want to work with in the Clone Source Panel has to be on the top of the Photoshop stack and saved that way for it to appear as a new source image. Also, there is no way I can modify these sources on the fly. Using the Clone Source panel is labor intensive under its present set up. Also, flipping the clone copy upside does not flip the source as well, so the cloning is in a different place after making the flip.
Skip Allen's idea of using the offset sampling method works, as long as the original is on one layer. One can not use a multi-layered file and select the layer individually from the group as the sample.
So what I am forced to do is to copy and paste the individual layers from the Photoshop file into the painting that I am working with as new layers. Then by lowering the opacity, I can see as if it were tracing paper...... Also labor intensive.
What I now do, is start a painting in Painter 11 using the old cloning method. I keep working in 11 until I am at the point where my need for the clone sources drops away. I then reopen it in 12 to finish with the new brushes that are available.
Tell me, how is this change in Painter 12 a help? Only to the developer and marketing teams!!
You know all I want to do is apply paint. Having to use all kinds of technical manipulations and workarounds blocks my creative process.