Select and Mask workspace will not open

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Apr 24, 2021 Apr 24, 2021

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I am following a tutorial on compositing milky way pictures and I get to this point:

 

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I have painted black on the mask to reveal the sky from the layer below.  I would now like to use select and mask to refine the mask by blending the the hill and tree line with the sky.  If I follow the tutorial and right click the mask and select "select and mask" I get this:

 

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The properties page of select and mask is no where to be seen.  The mask which I am trying to refine is disabled so I am only seeing on the foreground.  The tool palette is changed to that used by select and mask.  There seems to be a conflict with my palette setup or ......?

 

I spent a couple of hours on the forum trying to figure this out to no avail.  I have reset PS preferences and tried accessing select and mask in other ways.  No joy.  Any help would be appreciated.  I am running Windows 10 and PS release 22.3.1.

 

Mike Mulcahy

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