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My project has turned black and white in Photoshop

Community Beginner ,
Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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i'm working in Ps, a painting project, and now my whole project has turned black and white. all of my layers. I'm fairly sure I pressed something accidentally but I don't know what or how to fix it. help??

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correct answers 2 Correct answers

Community Expert , Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

Press Cmd or Ctrl 2 and let me know if that worked.  Hold down the Ctrl key and press 2 for example.

Cmd = Mac

Ctrl   = PC

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Community Beginner , Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

I just figured it out. I had accidentally turned half of my layers invisible.... I don't know how I managed that by pressing one key but now i'm really embarrassed. thanks for your help though

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Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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Press Cmd or Ctrl 2 and let me know if that worked.  Hold down the Ctrl key and press 2 for example.

Cmd = Mac

Ctrl   = PC

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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didn't do anything

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Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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Look at your document  tab at the top. What does it say in parenthesis? Mine would be (RGB/8)  for example.

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Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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it's still set at RGB/8.

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Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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Ok. That helps. Now open your History Panel  Windows > History and go back a step at a time until you get your color back. The step below it might explain what happened.

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Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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it doesn't show anything other than brushstrokes, and when I try to go back a step that's what it undoes- the brushstrokes. it doesn't fix the color.

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Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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I just figured it out. I had accidentally turned half of my layers invisible.... I don't know how I managed that by pressing one key but now i'm really embarrassed. thanks for your help though

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Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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You figured out. At least it wasn't non-reversable.

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Feb 06, 2017 Feb 06, 2017

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Never be embarrassed...  Even pro users forget things or make mistakes.  It is better to ask then not too. 

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Dec 01, 2018 Dec 01, 2018

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I had this happen , and I knew what I did just before, I had hit ctrl 5 and not ctrl T as I wanted to do, 5 being above T on keyb'd,   history didnt have a step for it and also image mode still showed it as rgb !. Ctrl 2 turned it colour again.

what is Ctrl 5 for it to do this, and yet image mode is rgb, ?

what is ctrl 2 to fix it, like to know what actually happened.

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Dec 19, 2018 Dec 19, 2018

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Ctrl 5 = Blue grayscale channel

Ctrl 2 = RGB composite or full color

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 25, 2020 Oct 25, 2020

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it doesn't work 

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New Here ,
Jun 18, 2023 Jun 18, 2023

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thank u!

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 25, 2020 Oct 25, 2020

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well how'd you fix your problem? cmnd 2 won't work for me. it's staying black and white

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Community Expert ,
Oct 25, 2020 Oct 25, 2020

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Open a new post and attach a screenshot with tabs and panels visible. This thread is getting cluttered.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop/how-do-i-take-a-screen-shot-from-photoshop/td-p/8867003?pag...

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Dec 05, 2021 Dec 05, 2021

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You sure you did Command 2 (or Control 2)? It seems to work

 

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New Here ,
Oct 18, 2019 Oct 18, 2019

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I had the same problem and this worked for me. Thanks !

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Jun 08, 2020 Jun 08, 2020

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Thanks dude. It worked

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New Here ,
Jun 25, 2020 Jun 25, 2020

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YAAAASS THANK YOU

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Aug 17, 2020 Aug 17, 2020

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THANK YOU!

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Sep 24, 2020 Sep 24, 2020

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This worked for me! Thank you!

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Jan 28, 2021 Jan 28, 2021

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God bless you, person. 

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May 19, 2021 May 19, 2021

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OMG THANKS!! I do this all the time and I appreciate the quick fix

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2021 Jun 03, 2021

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Oh my god you're the real MVP- I've been using photoshop for 15 years and had never accidentally hit Ctrl+4 before so I was MYSTIFYIED when this happened and undo wouldn't fix it. Thank you!!

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