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Newbie Question: Simple Layer Mask I am trying to paint in Black or White and I only get gray

Community Beginner ,
Oct 17, 2021 Oct 17, 2021

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Hi Folks,

I am embarassed to ask this question but I have been searching for an hour and just can't find an answer.
Details:
PS 2021, MacOS
Two Layers
Reveal All Layer Mask on Top Layer 
Brush set to: Hardness 100, Opacity 100, Flow 100

I start painting black and I get a 50% grey.

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If I change the Layer Mask to Hide All and paint white again I get a 50% grey and can't paint pure white.

It has to be something incredibly stupid that I am missing but I can't figure it out.

Thanks

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Oct 17, 2021 Oct 17, 2021

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The only thing I noticed is that the active layer is set to Darken mode instead of Normal. (Upper left corner of the Layers panel)

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 18, 2021 Oct 18, 2021

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Hi Barbara, 

 

Thanks for the reply.  Yes, that was a test I did to see if the behavior changed.  If I changed it back to Normal that issue still occurs.   

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Oct 17, 2021 Oct 17, 2021

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Have you tried with preferences reset? Save any unsaved actions and presets to not loose them.

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Oct 18, 2021 Oct 18, 2021

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Hi Bojan,

 

Thanks a bunch!  That solved my issue!

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