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Bruce

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I'm having a really weird Photoshop problem, wondering if anyone has experienced this and can tell me what's going on.
Masking is not completely masking. When I go to the layer mask (not vector) and paint with a black brush, the pixels are not entirely going away. In other words, it looks like it is reducing opacity to about 10%, rather than masking completely.
Brush is at 100% opacity, hard edge, set to "normal" blend, the layer I'm working on is also set to normal blend with opacity and flow at 100%. Airbrush is off. Under the brush palette, nothing is checked, although I see that "smoothing" is grayed out.
The only way I can completely get rid of the ghost pixels is by using the erase tool.
In short.... things are behaving as if my brush is set to maybe 90% opacity.
In addition... I usually place a 50% gray layer beneath the layer I'm masking, helps me to see edges clearly. When I work on the mask, anyplace I use the black brush also creates a shadow on the gray layer below.
If I drag he masked image onto another picture, this slight shadow goes with it. If I first delete the gray layer, that doesn't happen.
Using CS5, have been on it for years, can't think of anything that changed to cause this.
Anyone?
 

Bruce

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Good thought, using default foreground color as far as I know, so that should be a yes.
I'm going to reload the default foreground background just to be certain.
Also, mask opacity IS at 100%
 

Bruce

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PS... reloaded foreground/background and it looks like that may have been it. Heading out now so will check more closely later, but seems like you nailed it.
Thanks!
 

IamSam

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Great. It's happened to me before. It's usually the painting blend mode or a 'not so black' foreground color.
 

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