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Ungrouped text layer appears lighter than grouped with the same opacity settings

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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Photoshop v. 24.0 on macOS Monterey 12.6
When I set the opacity of a text layer it appears lighter (more transparent) than when I first put the text layer in a group and set the opacity of the group. It is expected both grouped and ungrouped text layers to have the same appearance with the same settings.
Vector shapes appear fine both when grouped and ungrouped as well as the pixel layers and smart objects.
In the attached screenshot, the opacity of the top-line elements (a vector rectangle and a line of text) is set to 70% individually and the bottom-line elements are grouped and the opacity of the group is set to 70%.
 
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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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Can you share the file you're having trouble with? Post a URL to the file using CC files or dropbox, or something similar to share the file.


Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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Here you go:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dds6jmqgu6wdbr0/issue.psd?dl=0

It happens with all files.

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 14, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

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Thanks for the file. Go to Edit > Color Settings... and uncheck this checkbox so text and shapes are blended the same:

JeffreyTranberry_0-1668446564369.png

 


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Community Beginner ,
Nov 14, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

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Thank you, but if unchecked this affects the antialiasing of the text significantly (it is especially noticeable when the text is small, it gets really crunchy), so I cannot consider this a solution. I think this behavior of "Blend text colors using gamma" is very weird. It looks like the algorithm behind it lightens all semi-transparent pixels of the text, but when the text has an opacity setting applied the algorithm cannot tell where the solid pixels start and just lightens the whole thing. Adobe should consider adjusting the hierarchy of these settings, so the opacity applies after the "Blend text colors using gamma, so we have the best of two worlds. 

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