Layer Mask

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Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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When brushing black or white onto the layer mask it will show on the mask but not the image. 

The blend mode is set at Normal. I contacted Adobe but they were not able to fix the problem. 

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Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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When you post a question you always need to tell the Adobe program you are using
There are MANY programs in a full subscription, plus other non-subscription programs
Please post the exact name of the Adobe program you use so a Moderator may move this message to that forum

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Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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I am using Adobe Photoshop CC 2022 on iMac.

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Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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Can you post screenshot of entire window with Layers panel visible?

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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What are the Layer’s Opacity and Fill, is it top-level or inside a Group, are there any Layers above it, what is the Layer’s content, …? 

Please post the requested screenshot. 

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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20220719_104651.jpg

 

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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The images on both layers are identical. The mask is revealing what is on the lower layer.

 

What are you trying to accomplish?

 

Jane

 

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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I want to darken the clouds.

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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Then you need to have an adjustment layer that does this darkening as you specify, and then paint on that adjustment layer's mask, to reveal or hide the adjustment.

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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Another option is to apply Multiply blend mode to top layer then use mask to selectively darken parts of image.

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Jul 19, 2022 Jul 19, 2022

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Indeed. There's a million ways to do this, and that's one of them.

 

But in any case it's important to understand the basic workings of masked adjustments, and that the masked layer needs to carry that adjustment one way or another.

 

Personally, I'd probably use an ACR smart filter (the highlights slider) for this particular scenario, but again, the filter mask is the key. If I couldn't go back to the original raw file of course.

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