I run SC3 on a PC. The other day I did something that has made it so my quick mask selection no longer works but I do not know what it was. What happens is after in go into the quick mask mode (tap the q key) and with the brush color the section I wish to mask; I then tap the q key again to exit the quick mask mode but the marching ants surround the entire photo not my selection. When in the quick mask mode it does show on the title bar that I am in the quick mask mode and when I tap q again that I am going back to normal mode. Any help will be appreciated.
Don McCahill, Nov 4, 2008 6:36 AM
Check the quick mask options. I think it is possible to change the red tint to other colors, and to make it invisible. That might be what happened to you. You can also change so that eraser does what paint brush used to do.
Double click on the quick mask icon to open the options.
Thanks for the suggestions, but over the weekend I "played" with it a little more and determined that the mask is actually working but it not at full strength. When I go to invert the selection it comes up with a message "Warning no pixels are more than 50% selected. The selection will not be visible" I guess that is why the marching ants are not visible. I pres enter and it lets me invert the selection but when I copy it (Ctl J) the selected area is only at about 30% opacity. I have checked and double checked the percentage of my brush and I my opacity is at 100%. I have checked the quick mask dialog box and everything look good on that side as well. Any other ideas?
Eureka! I found it. When you go into the quick mask mode. The color palette on the right side of the screen has a slider which was turned down. Once that was increased back to 100% the marching ants came back and the mask works as usual.