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Can't use the healing brush because the pixels in a group cannot be edited without merging the group

New Here ,
Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021

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I keep getting the below message when trying to use the spot healing tool for frequency seperation.

"Could not use the healing brush because the pixels in a group cannot be edited without merging the group."

 

That said, when I merge the group it is of course no longer functioning how I want it to function.

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Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021

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What if you create a new layer at the very top of your Layers panel to hold all of your retouching? With the new layer selected and the Spot Healing Brush Tool selected, check that the "Sample All Layers" option is active within the Options bar running along the top of Photoshop. If you don't see this, choose Options from the Window menu.

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Nov 25, 2021 Nov 25, 2021

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While the group is on the layer, the vector mask is selected. Right click on the vector mask and select the resterized vector mask.

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Could you please post screenshots with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Options Bar, …) visible? 

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