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Brush tool not working when masking

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Oct 15, 2019

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My brush tool is not working. When I mask a layer and want to reveal using white or conceal using black it does a combination of both. When making my brush black it doesn't conceal or work at all. When making my brush white to reveal (after clicking control i) it will alternate between reveal one second then conceals the next second. Please help. Thanks!

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Correct answer by hatstead | Adobe Community Professional

I don't have a clue which version of PSE you are using, but try the following:

 

  1. In Editor, go to Image>Mode and be sure that RGB color is checked.
  2. Make sure that you have the ordinary brush tool, not one of the other "brushes" that are available in the brush slot
  3. Open the image
  4. Duplicate the Background layer
  5. Add a Solid Color Adjustment layer between the Background & Background Copy layers.
  6. Group the top 2 layers (press CTRL+G), and shut off the visibility of the Background layer by clicking on its eye icon
  7. Left click on the Layer mask thumbnail (the white rectangle)
  8. Paint with black/white to hide/reveal. The brush should be @100% opacity

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Brush tool not working when masking

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My brush tool is not working. When I mask a layer and want to reveal using white or conceal using black it does a combination of both. When making my brush black it doesn't conceal or work at all. When making my brush white to reveal (after clicking control i) it will alternate between reveal one second then conceals the next second. Please help. Thanks!

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Correct answer by hatstead | Adobe Community Professional

I don't have a clue which version of PSE you are using, but try the following:

 

  1. In Editor, go to Image>Mode and be sure that RGB color is checked.
  2. Make sure that you have the ordinary brush tool, not one of the other "brushes" that are available in the brush slot
  3. Open the image
  4. Duplicate the Background layer
  5. Add a Solid Color Adjustment layer between the Background & Background Copy layers.
  6. Group the top 2 layers (press CTRL+G), and shut off the visibility of the Background layer by clicking on its eye icon
  7. Left click on the Layer mask thumbnail (the white rectangle)
  8. Paint with black/white to hide/reveal. The brush should be @100% opacity

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I don't have a clue which version of PSE you are using, but try the following:

 

  1. In Editor, go to Image>Mode and be sure that RGB color is checked.
  2. Make sure that you have the ordinary brush tool, not one of the other "brushes" that are available in the brush slot
  3. Open the image
  4. Duplicate the Background layer
  5. Add a Solid Color Adjustment layer between the Background & Background Copy layers.
  6. Group the top 2 layers (press CTRL+G), and shut off the visibility of the Background layer by clicking on its eye icon
  7. Left click on the Layer mask thumbnail (the white rectangle)
  8. Paint with black/white to hide/reveal. The brush should be @100% opacity

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