11 Replies Latest reply: May 16, 2013 6:07 AM by Gsmith98 RSS

    Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey

    Gsmith98

      I'm working in a multi layered CS5.1 Photoshop project (I did not create it). One of the adjustment layers in the project needs a layer masks, and when I create one it is not working properly. I make my selection that I want to mask off and create the layer mask it creates it with White and a 50% gray insted of black. Likewise when I alt click to create a layer mask it fills it in with black and 50% gray. The layer did have a 87% opacity to it so I thought this was causing the gray to happen, but when I turned the Opacity to 100% the mask was still being created with gray.

       

      I use the fill tool to fill the gray with Black or White (Fill settings are opacity 100 and fill 100) it fills the mask more like my fill opacity is set to 50%. Likewise it does this for the pant brush as well. I have messed with every layer setting I can find including the layer mask panel and the adjustment layer panel, and nothing seem to work.  Please help.

       

      P.S. I'm doing this for work and so I cant take any screen shots to show what is going on.

        • 1. Re: Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey
          Mylenium MVP

          P.S. I'm doing this for work and so I cant take any screen shots to show what is going on.

           

          Sure you can. There's no harm in just posting the layer panel with thumbnails set to thge smallest size. Nobody needs to see your super-secret "product X" photo. That aside, we need proper system info and info about your document - color profiles, color mode, dimensions etc.. From my own experience, e.g. "linear" files in 16bit rendered from 3D programs can make layer masks act a bit funky, but that fixes itself when converting to proper sRGB...

           

          Mylenium

          • 2. Re: Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey
            Trevor.Dennis MVP

            Hmmm...   I've just spent a few minutes trying to duplicate the same thing without success.   Have you tried the usual trick deleting Preferences?

            • 3. Re: Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey
              Gsmith98 Community Member

              Like i said i didnt creat the file but nothing in it looks like it came froma 3d program.  as for color profiles its just RGB, at 8bit

               

              This is a work computer that I share with someone else and im not comfertable with deleting the preferances for just one document.

               

              Also I'm only having this problem in this one document.

              • 4. Re: Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey
                conroy Community Member

                RGB is not a profile - it's a mode. The document profile can be revealed in the Info panel and in the status box at the bottom of a document window.

                • 5. Re: Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey
                  JJMack MVP

                  You wrote you made a selection. How? If a marquee tool check the feather setting

                  • 6. Re: Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey
                    Gsmith98 Community Member

                    Conroy: The Color Profile is sRGB IEC61966-2.1

                     

                    JJMack I made a selction based off of another Layer mask that I needed to duplicat on this new adjustment layer. And the mask worked the rigth way before.

                    • 7. Re: Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey
                      Trevor.Dennis MVP

                      I can remember a layered PS document refusing to play nicely a while back.  I made a new document with the same pixel dimensions, and pasted all the layers across, and everything worked fine.

                      • 8. Re: Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey
                        JJMack MVP

                        Gsmith98 wrote:

                         

                        JJMack I made a selction based off of another Layer mask that I needed to duplicat on this new adjustment layer. And the mask worked the rigth way before.

                        How do you do that. Do you mean you did a Ctrl+click on the other layer content icon in the layers palette or did you use menu select>load selection>Layer name mask.

                        • 9. Re: Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey
                          Gsmith98 Community Member

                          JJMack:  I control click the layer mask to select everything in it. The original layer does have some fethering to the file but i cant see why it would fill everythign the same shade of gray, and then not let me paint over it with black. This normally works for me and this issue is quite new.

                           

                          Trevor.Dennis I will try your suggestion tomorrow, I feel liek a dolt for not trying that before I came to the forum, however at this point I would still like to knwo why it is filling gray in this project.

                          • 10. Re: Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey
                            JJMack MVP

                            Gsmith98 wrote:

                             

                            JJMack:  I control click the layer mask to select everything in it. The original layer does have some fethering to the file but i cant see why it would fill everythign the same shade of gray, and then not let me paint over it with black. This normally works for me and this issue is quite new.

                             

                            Ctl+Clicking on the layer's layer mask icon in the layers palette should work and load the layer mask as a selection.  Have you tried resetting your Photoshop preferences. Also ALT+Clicking on the layer's layer mask icon in the layers palette should display the grayscale of the selection in the image window.

                            • 11. Re: Why is my Layer Mask filling with Grey
                              Gsmith98 Community Member

                              I Haven't reset the preferences and I did Alt chick the mask and it did the same. And today I made a new document and it started working fine. So my issues is resolved but I'm still curious as to why it was acting like that.