P: Select and Mask bug in Photoshop 23.4.1

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 30, 2022 Jun 30, 2022

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I have identified a bug Actions utilizing the Select and Mask space in the June 2022 release of Photoshop  (23.4.1).

 

Mac OS 11.6.7 (Big Sur)

Macbook Pro 2019. i9

 

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My company creates and markets Photoshop actions and brushes, mostly for creating texture-based effects. A number of our Distressing actions contained in multiple product packs have ceased working in the latest release of Photoshop.

 

I have run a side-by-side comparison in the attached screenshot. (Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go back to the 23.3 release so I'm comparing it to CC2021.) You can see that in the latest version, the edge contrast has not been cleaned up by the Select and Mask steps in the action set. 

 

When the action runs, these steps trigger a warning popup "Warning: no pixels were selected" then proceeds to skip the step. 

 

It should be noted, that the bug only affects the Select and Mask steps when embedded in an action. Performing the same task manually works as expected. 

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 30, 2022 Jun 30, 2022

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If anyone would like to run a comparison themselves, you can download a test illustration, and the action set. Below. 

 

To run the action, simply select the layer named "Bike Clean 2022" then press play on the action named "Distress Press - Preset - Medium - OG".

Test file
https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/e83e60fa-7794-45db-65ab-cc2356a080ee

Action Set
https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/06086431-7147-4e4c-6951-ead6b648321f

Screen Shot 2022-07-01 at 4.08.32 pm.png
Thanks so much for taking a look. 

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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Thanks so much for the test files @kindred_studio, have been able to notice the same results as compared to 22.5.8. 

Am asking engineering to take a look. 

 

Regards,

Pete

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

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Thanks Pete,

I appreciate the reply. It’s a really strange error.

We’ve discovered that the “manual” version of the action, which stops and prompts the user through every step, actually works.

I have a copy of the action if you’d like to test this yourself.
https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/fcf5a7e9-f586-47c2-5c67-ce79f7414f0f

A number of users have also been experiencing large blobs filling there artwork when running the action which is really strange. See here.
https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/ae98613d-88e9-4cf6-792a-7a5ffe6db69b

Thanks again for your help.

Andrew Fairclough

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 06, 2022 Jul 06, 2022

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Hey @kindred_studio , wanted to let you know the team has a fix for this and are waiting to get it into a future release.

 

Thank you,

-- Cory

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 06, 2022 Jul 06, 2022

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Thank you! 

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New Here ,
Jul 13, 2022 Jul 13, 2022

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I have been having the same issue. I have the action set up to soften the edges with the values: Smooth 2, Feather 2px, 50% Contrast and shift edge -15%.

 

Aforementioned, this only occurs when using the action and not when performing the select and mask step manually.

 

I'd love to know if there is a fix for this as it used to save me a lot of time

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 20, 2022 Jul 20, 2022

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Hi @CoryShubert @Pete.Green 

 

Can you confirm that an attempted fix was included in the 23.4.2 release a few days ago?

 

My initial tests show that error popups (no pixels selected) no longer appear however the critical select and mask steps are still being skipped resulting in incorrect results. 

 

See below.

Screen Shot 2022-07-21 at 2.53.25 pm.png

 

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 21, 2022 Jul 21, 2022

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Hey @kindred_studio,

 

Thanks for checking in -- The fix for this did not make it into the 23.4.2 release.

Hang in there, we'll have a fix for this in an upcoming release!

 

Regards,

Pete

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