6 Replies Latest reply on Aug 8, 2017 11:58 AM by connorsNY

    Overlay mask problem


      I posted a discussion with the same problem earlier this week, i have not solved the problem and am posting again with more pictures.

      I have been coloring a black and white photo from WW2, i have been using solid color layer masks and the overlay blending mode.

           I do not know how things went bad. Now you can see the layers of paint over the original coloring. Overlay does not seem to be working.

      Screenshot (25).png

      This is what it should be looking like with overlay(besides the 2 black lines in the lower left.

      Screenshot (26).png

      This is what it looks like with the bottom pic turned off.


      Screenshot (27).png

      This is what it looks like now even with overlay on. I can paint over everything.


      Any help is appreciated.

        • 1. Re: Overlay mask problem
          JJMack Most Valuable Participant

          It look like it is working correctly to me.  You are painting with white 100% opacity & fill normal blending on the solid fill olive green layer's layer mask revealing the solid color. The layer above that layer are masked off for the most part so the green of the overlay solid fill layer shows in the composite where you paint white. The overlay blending mode does not change the layers 100% opacity and fill.  Only the black and gray area of the layer mask does that. White will show the green area. There is no selection to constrain where you can paint. you can paint anywhere


          • 2. Re: Overlay mask problem
            connorsNY Level 1

            So why is it different now? Is there a way to keep the same green that was on the uniforms

            Also this problem is on any document i try to use this method on

            • 3. Re: Overlay mask problem
              davescm Adobe Community Professional


              Like JJMack I am not seeing the problem in your screenshots


              If your previous masked layers are showing as semi-transparent when the layer below is removed then  either the layer opacity has been turned down or the brush opacity was turned down whilst painting. Painting with a low opacity brush on a mask results in the mask being painted with grey not white - allowing the image to be semi-transparent.



              • 4. Re: Overlay mask problem
                JJMack Most Valuable Participant

                Lower the brush opacity make is very low and build up the white in the mask after painting black. Or you could add a empty layer and paint with the color you want in that layer and blend it into the image layer.

                • 5. Re: Overlay mask problem
                  Semaphoric Adobe Community Professional

                  You could also select the Uniform layer mask in the Channels panel, sample the painted area with the Eyedropper tool, and then paint on the mask with this [Grey] color, using a 100% opacity brush. This would match your existing green, and you could save it as a Swatch for later use.

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                  • 6. Re: Overlay mask problem
                    connorsNY Level 1

                    thanks a lot!