7 Replies Latest reply on Jan 16, 2017 8:25 PM by Trevor.Dennis

    Brush tool will only paint in some areas and not others

    lydias92425895

      I'm currently working in Photoshop CC, doing a fairly basic digital painting, using no special filters, effects, just straight painting. The problem I am having however, is that my brush will only paint in certain areas but not others. It is not as though I have an area selected by accident though (no selections have been made), its behaving almost as if my one layer is made up of many layers. It'll draw over some parts, but on other it doesn't touch at all. For example it will define edges of old brush strokes instead of painting over them. I'm mainly having trouble when I try to work at an opacity lower than 100% for the tool, not the layer. This even happens if I draw on a new layer that is above the old layer. I have absolutely no idea what could be causing this, as I have restarted photoshop, restarted my computer, reset all tools, and even tried using a new file in case the old one had been corrupted. Please, if anyone has any idea what is happening or how I can fix it, I would be forever grateful.

        • 1. Re: Brush tool will only paint in some areas and not others
          Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

          What mode is the bush in the Options Bar?  Behind, for instance, could do what you are describing?

          Layer mode is also a possibility, but I'd have thought you'd have discovered that as you tried different layers, as new layers would be set to normal.

           

          If this does not fix it, can you paste a screen shot of your entire workspace with the brush selected, and showing the layers panel showing

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          • 2. Re: Brush tool will only paint in some areas and not others
            Barbara Ash Adobe Community Professional

            Does the layer you are painting on with the brush have any transparent areas, and does the layer have transparency locked?

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            • 3. Re: Brush tool will only paint in some areas and not others
              Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

              lydias92425895 wrote:

               

              For example it will define edges of old brush strokes instead of painting over them.

              That has the ring of an active selection with a touch of feathering, but you say there no selections in play.  Barbara's suggestion of locked transparency would fit that as well.

               

              lydias92425895 wrote:

              This even happens if I draw on a new layer that is above the old layer.

              That rules out locked transparency, but not an active selection.

              lydias92425895 wrote:

              I have absolutely no idea what could be causing this, as I have restarted Photoshop, restarted my computer, reset all tools,

              Resetting All tools tells you that there are no odd settings in the Options bar.

              lydias92425895 wrote:

              and even tried using a new file in case the old one had been corrupted.

              And that rules out everything else. It sounds like time to reset Preferences.

               

              We could try and think of a few alternatives like:

               

              • Are you using a tablet, and have you tried painting with the mouse to rule it out?  If you were using a Chinese Wacom knock off I'd frankly be surprised if you were tell us everything was working properly!  So if yest to the tablet, what is it and what driver version?
              • Is Photoshop CC fully up to date?  Can you correlate this issue with another event like updating Photoshop, operating system, third party plug-in?
              • Speaking of plug-ins, try starting Photoshop while holding down the Shift key to force Photoshop to ignore third party plug-ins and extensions.
              • What operating system are you using?
              • What hardware?  Is it a Surface Pro, Cintiq Companion, something other than a plain vanilla Wiondows  or Mac desktop or laptop.
              • 4. Re: Brush tool will only paint in some areas and not others
                lydias92425895 Level 1

                Trevor.Dennis wrote:

                 

                lydias92425895 wrote:

                 

                For example it will define edges of old brush strokes instead of painting over them.

                That has the ring of an active selection with a touch of feathering, but you say there no selections in play. Barbara's suggestion of locked transparency would fit that as well.

                 

                lydias92425895 wrote:

                This even happens if I draw on a new layer that is above the old layer.

                That rules out locked transparency, but not an active selection.

                lydias92425895 wrote:

                I have absolutely no idea what could be causing this, as I have restarted Photoshop, restarted my computer, reset all tools,

                Resetting All tools tells you that there are no odd settings in the Options bar.

                lydias92425895 wrote:

                and even tried using a new file in case the old one had been corrupted.

                And that rules out everything else. It sounds like time to reset Preferences.

                 

                We could try and think of a few alternatives like:

                 

                • Are you using a tablet, and have you tried painting with the mouse to rule it out? If you were using a Chinese Wacom knock off I'd frankly be surprised if you were tell us everything was working properly! So if yest to the tablet, what is it and what driver version?
                • Is Photoshop CC fully up to date? Can you correlate this issue with another event like updating Photoshop, operating system, third party plug-in?
                • Speaking of plug-ins, try starting Photoshop while holding down the Shift key to force Photoshop to ignore third party plug-ins and extensions.
                • What operating system are you using?
                • What hardware? Is it a Surface Pro, Cintiq Companion, something other than a plain vanilla Wiondows or Mac desktop or laptop.
                • 5. Re: Brush tool will only paint in some areas and not others
                  lydias92425895 Level 1

                  To your question about my tablet, I tried using a mouse and had the same problem. I'm currently using a wacom bamboo create, but I have been using it consistently for about 5-6 years now without any significant problems. The drivers are fully up to date as well.

                   

                  After having posted this I thought about CC being the problem, so I updated. That same file, as well as all files that had been open around the same time (different parts of the same project), seem to all still have the problem regardless of the update.

                   

                  I don't have any third party plug-ins to the best of my knowledge.

                   

                  My operating system is still a bit out of date, as I am still using yosemite. I kind of doubt this is the problem as I have had no other problems in photoshop or any of my other CC applications, but it could be a possibility.

                   

                  My hardware is a 2013 Macbook Pro, nothing complex here.

                   

                  I may try resetting preferences at some point. However, I did find that after updating CC, while those files still had an issue, if I created a new photoshop file that the problem was not present. Even if I copy and pasted a single layer from the old file over, it still seems to be working ok. This makes me think there must be some form of minor corruption in those old files? Honestly, I don't have a lot of experience with corrupted files (so thankful for that), except with Maya, so I don't even know if that makes sense. I may also try opening the files on my school's computers (college student) to see if they are still present. Since they clear the computers every night, the preferences are always reset to default.

                   

                  The problem was still very strange as it started to allow painting in area at some times and not at others, only parts of a stroke showing up, sometimes with significant delay. Of course if someone has had this problem happen to them before and knows why or has a solution, I'd still appreciate the information should this happen again.

                  • 6. Re: Brush tool will only paint in some areas and not others
                    lydias92425895 Level 1

                    While I don't think this is the problem in my case, I do appreciate you pointing that out, as that wasn't something I had thought to check and will be more aware of now for future reference. Thank you!

                    • 7. Re: Brush tool will only paint in some areas and not others
                      Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

                      lydias92425895 wrote:

                       

                      I may try resetting preferences at some point. However, I did find that after updating CC, while those files still had an issue, if I created a new photoshop file that the problem was not present. Even if I copy and pasted a single layer from the old file over, it still seems to be working ok. This makes me think there must be some form of minor corruption in those old files? Honestly, I don't have a lot of experience with corrupted files (so thankful for that), except with Maya, so I don't even know if that makes sense. I may also try opening the files on my school's computers (college student) to see if they are still present. Since they clear the computers every night, the preferences are always reset to default.

                       

                      There's a wee trick that sometimes works when things get seriously weird.  The idea is to get all the files into a new document, and there different ways to achieve it.

                       

                      1. Group all the layers > Right click the Group and choose Duplicate > Use the drop down and choose New.
                      2. Select all the layers and make them a Smart Object. > Double click the SO to open in a new window, and save the SO as a new document from that window.  It defaults to a PSB file, but you can save it as a PSD file.

                       

                      Either of these often leave behind issues that were causing issues, but be aware that duplicating a Group does not transfer workpaths.  The Smart Object method does maintain workpaths.  Neither method transfers alpha channels but that is easily fixed by making a new layer from the alpha channel, and turning it off.

                       

                      Is there any reason you have not reset Preferences?  I know it is a royal PITA, and I hate doing it myself, and I am loath to give that advice unless other possibilities have been investigated.  But in your case — taking into account that you say the problem persists with new documents — I think it is looking like the way to go.

                       

                      Please let us know how this works out, as it has been an interesting problem, and we'd love to know what fixes it.