I use to be able to change my brush's blending mode to Overlay, paint on a layer, and have the color appear as Overlay on all of the layers below it.
Now, for an unknown reason, no matter what blending mode I set the brush to, the colors appear as if the blending mode were set to Normal instead of Overlay on all of the layers below. I can ONLY get colors to appear as Overlay on layers below if I change the entire layer to Overlay, but this allows for very limited colors, and is not what I want.
I work on Mac OSX with Photoshop CS5, and have already tried both resetting the brush tool then resetting the Preferences all to factory settings, and for kicks n giggles restarting the computer, and it still won't solve the issue. Have no idea what to do, as I haven't even tampered with any settings at all anyways.
I just want to be able to non-destructively color using a brush set to Overlay on a top layer.
Here are the screenshots and my process:
1. I painted two blue dots on "Normal" Layer 1 using the brush blending mode set to "Normal" at 100% opacity.
2. I changed my color to black, set the brush blending mode to "Overlay," and painted directly on top of the circle on Layer 1:
3. I created a layer above Layer 1 called Layer 2. With the exact same brush settings, I painted on top of the blue dot on Layer 2:
It appears .. well.. just as if I had added black with the brush setting on "Normal." This can be "fixed" by simply changing Layer 2's blending mode to Overlay, but I want to be able to use multiple blending modes on one layer. I use to be able to, but now it won't let me. I have even tried opening past files where I did this successfully, but even within those files the brush doesn't work the way it use to.
I have no idea what to do.
Thanks in advance!