I'm afraid that I committed a little faux pas by prematurely posting
this as a bug, but I was told to discuss the idea in the mailing list
for the devs to decide whether they want to implement it.

Here's the idea (as posted in my bug) what do you think?

Photoshop's patch tool is very effective for larger areas that need
This is a request for a similar tool to be added to the Gimp.

Patching works like this.  The user selects the blemish and with the patch tool
selected drags that selection to a source region that will replace what had
been selected.  Of course more than just a replace, it is a sort of blended
replace that seems to resemble the way the healing brush would blend.

Also as the user is dragging that selection to find a good area to clone from,
the originally selected region updates with a somewhat blended view as a sort
of preview.  I say "somewhat" because I think it's a quicker algorithm that
manages to update without taxing the cpu significantly.  When the mouse button
is release, the blend completes.

Please see the reference video for a good example of how the tool works.


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