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Cannot delete a selection in a Photoshop layer

Community Beginner ,
Oct 17, 2022 Oct 17, 2022

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Hello, 

I'm having trouble deleting a selection from a layer. I've attached a picture to show what I'm working with (unfortunately the screenshot didn't capture the selection box -- just imagine it is around one of the faces in the picture).  I used the pixels in "Layer 1" to define the selection on "background copy". Then I contracted the selection by 5 pixels and tried hitting the  backspace key to delete the selection (pixels) on "background copy" layer. Would not work. Tried going to Edit>Clear - would not work. 

Is this a bug? Am I doing something wrong, or is there a setting I might have on that I'm unaware of?

I'm inclined to think it's me because I had the same trouble on my last computer with photoshop a few weeks ago. 

 

Thanks in advance for the help...

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Community Expert , Oct 17, 2022 Oct 17, 2022

I will have a guess- Because you are working on the top copy layer- when you delete a face from a selection on the top layer you will then see the same face on the background layer- so nothing appears to change.

 

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Community Expert , Oct 17, 2022 Oct 17, 2022

I agree. OP try deactivating the bottom layer. I think you'll find the deletion happened.

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Community Expert , Oct 17, 2022 Oct 17, 2022

Do you se change after clicking on eyeball to close it on the left side of Background layer? See screenshot below.

deactivate hide layer.png

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I will have a guess- Because you are working on the top copy layer- when you delete a face from a selection on the top layer you will then see the same face on the background layer- so nothing appears to change.

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.0.1 Photoshop 24.0.1, ACR 15.0, Lightroom 6.0, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0, Windows-11.

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I agree. OP try deactivating the bottom layer. I think you'll find the deletion happened.

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Thank you! This worked!!

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Do you se change after clicking on eyeball to close it on the left side of Background layer? See screenshot below.

deactivate hide layer.png

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