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Can't select a layer mask

Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2010 Oct 30, 2010

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Photoshop CS5 (latest update) will not allow me to select a layer mask. For example, I have a pixel bearing layer with a layer mask and want to use refine mask. I click on the mask and nothing happens. The layer (not the mask) remains active. Blue is the color that shows a layer is active on my computer, and after I have clicked unsuccessfully on the layer mask the blue color changes to grey. When I attempt to choose any layer now, instead of blue I get grey. I have reset Photoshop preferences which did not solve the problem, so I even uninstalled Photoshop, reinstalled and updated it, and still have the same problem. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!

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Guide , Oct 31, 2010 Oct 31, 2010

Normally the thing that causes this - press Q to make sure you have exited Quick mask.

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Oct 31, 2010 Oct 31, 2010

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So there is no double contour and on ctrl-clicking the mask icon the dropdown list does not appear?

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Guide ,
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Normally the thing that causes this - press Q to make sure you have exited Quick mask.

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Explorer ,
Oct 31, 2010 Oct 31, 2010

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Thanks, I think that was the problem!!

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New Here ,
Jan 10, 2019 Jan 10, 2019

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that Q button just wasted 30min lol, but now I know about a new tool

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 14, 2019 Aug 14, 2019

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the Q key worked for me too thanks

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Oct 21, 2022 Oct 21, 2022

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Thank you So Much!!! Photoshop you love to waist my time...

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