I am a relative novice at CS6. I am using the software to paint, not retouch photographs. I cannot make the B and E layer style work. The other styles work and I suspect there is something basic about this one that I am missing. Any ideas?
Here is a screenshot—at least what I think you mean by the term. The grey squiggles are on a transparent layer. They are opaque. The blending mode is normal as far as I can see. The style is “Inner Bevel” and the technique is “Chisel Hard.” Moving the depth or size sliders makes no apparent change to the image.
OK. Here is the image. I have been playing with the problem and find the following:
If I start with either a flattened photo or painting and select an object and paste it on a new layer, B and E and all the other layer styles work.
They won't work on this painting, which has a number of layers, some linked, some with clipping masks or layer masks, and some with their own layer styles. The blending style on this painting is set to default for all layers.
I suspect that the problem is connected to one or more of the settings on these other layers. Is that possible? The layer with the grey squiggles is the top layer, if that makes any difference, but B and E won't work on any of the other layers either, so the effect is global. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure this out and any ideas you have will be greatly appreciated.
I hate to keep prodding you for more info, but please show everything, including the Layers panel and the effects for that gray squiggles layer. Ideally a shot of your entire screen with everything visible.
To the best of my knowledge there isn't a common, known problem that causes something like what you're describing.
I don't mind your prodding, it's just that I have never needed to make a screenshot and tried to avoid learning how to doing it. Just lazy. I can usually figure things out by myself, and this is the first time Photoshop really baffled me.