A problem with soft cloning in Essentials 5

So... I have a problem with Essentials 5: When I load a photo to work on, regardless of the brush I'm starting with, the software switches to the soft cloner in the photo painting brushes. While the photo I've loaded shows in the photo painting panel, the picture that loads on the screen is white. I then need to run over the entire picture with the soft cloner to make the picture appear as though it's invisible inking coming into view. I have no idea how I did this, nor have I any idea how to get my Essentials hellscape to stop. Please help.