When I try to paint a certain color it always puts down the gray value of it, even the backgrounds I try to put in are in grayscale. On the tab for my picture it says (Layer 0, Gray/8). I'm not sure how and when I did it, so I have no clue how to put it back, if it was me.
If you start a new blank image and you have something like word processing text already in the clipboard when you do this, PSE will often want to make a grayscale image. You need to watch the mode menu in the New File window.
This is one of the most useless answers I've ever seen. I have the same problem and this does not begin to tell me how to cure it. I am trying to add background to something but I'm stuck in grayscale. I am not opening "new," and I don't see the menu the author means.I have wasted 10 minutes and still have no solution.
The OP's situation was that they created a new document that was set to grayscale because the clipboard had text in it. Her answer was to make sure you have RGB set when doing a New (overriding the default of whatever the clipboard's color mode is), and if you already have a grayscale document you can convert it to color using Image / Mode / RGB.
If your situation is different than the OP's then please clarify what your situation is. Her answer is exactly correct for the OP's.
Thank you, this corrects my problem. Much appreciated!
On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 10:12 AM, ssprengel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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I am having the same problem. I am not in grayscale. I have an image over the background, and a text layer over that. I'm simply trying to paint a swash (to layer behind the text). The brush will not change colour. It stays in a grayish shade of my background image (a purplish hue). I'm a Photoshop newbie. Please help! Thank you!
What version of PSE?
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Thank you so much. It seems like just a small thing but it is people like you in the world who are willing to help people that makes the world a better place. God bless you!!! You saved my project, was stuck for ages on this issue. GG