I have never seen that happen. Did you try resetting the tools or trashing preferences?
To reset tools, select any tool, then right+click the tool icon in in the Options bar and choose Reset all Tools.
To reset preferences:
And in the meantime,
- after you make a selection, choose Select > Invert and then save the selection, or
- after you save a selection, click on the channel in the Channels panel and tap Ctrl/Cmd I to correct it.
Which version of PS are you using? Nowadays, when you option/alt click the new channel icon, you get the option to choose whether it's going to use "color indicates selected area" or somesuch - and the setting you choose SHOULD NOT stick. However, in previous versions, I do seem to recall the choice made in that dialog box as sticking, in other words, remembering your previous choice.
Also, have you reset your preferences?
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If you make a selection and then choose Select > Save Selection, the new channel will show the selection as white on a black surround. (Save Selection)
If you make a selection and then, in the Channels panel, click on the Save Selection as a Channel, the result will be a black selection on a white surround. (Alpha 1)
You were right on ... I had needed quick mask to show selected areas for something I was doing. Forgot all about that. When then using channels a few days later, they were behaving differently with selections.
I had also reset tools ... but this particular selection was indeed the cause.
Thanks for the help.
You're welcome - glad to help
THAT'S what I was trying to remember! Good one!