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HELP! Set Foreground Color/Set Background Color inconsistent in Action

New Here ,
Mar 29, 2020 Mar 29, 2020

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** I am literally going insane with this issue! **

I'm trying to get two actions to run and make life easier for retouching. One is a paint-on effect and the other is the opposite paint-off effect. Also, I am trying to set the foreground and background colors so that my brush is ready to apply the effect whether I'm painting on or off.

 

Notes: 

  • Everything was fine with my action until version 21.1.1
  • I can confirm the action still runs fine in version 20.0.9
  • Downgrading to 20.0.9 is not a viable solution
  • I am running Mac OS 10.15.3

 

My PAINT-ON Action Runs like this:

  1. Set the Foreground Color to White (RGB 255:255:255)
  2. Set the Background Color to Black (RGB 0:0:0)
  3. Make a Fill Layer (Solid RGB Color)
  4. Set Current Layer to Soft Light
  5. Set Current Layer to 25% Opacity
  6. Select Mask Channel
  7. Invert
  8. Select brush

 

My PAINT-OFF Action Runs like this:

  1. Set the Foreground Color to White (RGB 0:0:0)
  2. Set the Background Color to Black (RGB 255:255:255)
  3. Make a Fill Layer (Solid RGB Color)
  4. Set Current Layer to Soft Light
  5. Set Current Layer to 25% Opacity
  6. Select Mask Channel
  7. Select brush

 

The problem I am encountering in v.21.1.1 (and not in 20.0.9) is that the Set Foreground Color and Set Background Color is completely random/non-functional/infuriating. Yes, I'm aware I can just use the keyboard shortcut to swap the pallets, but I never had to do this before. I want two distinct actions like I have always had and I cannot figure out why the behavior is changed.

 

I've also had to change the action already in 21.1.1 to accommodate weird behavior I've never had to deal with before - unless Set Foreground Color and Set Background Color were the first steps in the action, the Set Foreground Color would change the FILL LAYER! 

 

 

Can anyone reproduce this issue? (I created a download here: https://bit.ly/2X44n2r)
Can anyone offer a workaround?

 

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Guide ,
Mar 30, 2020 Mar 30, 2020

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Photoshop uses separate Foreground / Background Color for regular drawing and for working with masks. Set colors AFTER selecting a channel with a mask (if you need them to work with mask).

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 31, 2023 Mar 31, 2023

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You saved my sanity. I was trying to figure out why my foreground was setting to white when I pressed D. Your post made me realize it was because I was on a mask layer.

 

Thank you!

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Mar 30, 2020 Mar 30, 2020

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I had no problems with 21.1.1 fresh install in Windows 10.

 

I personally would have recorded with the use of the D key to set default foreground/background swatches, then X to swap.

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Mar 30, 2020 Mar 30, 2020

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Really - that's good to know that at least Windows is behaving. Let me see if I can try recording it your way.

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Apr 27, 2020 Apr 27, 2020

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