Could you please post a screenshot with the pertinent Panels visible?
Curiously I could reproduce the behaviour in CS5 (12.0.4 on Mac OS 10.6.8) once, but not anymore.
And in the CS6 public beta it seems to work as expected right away.
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So after tinkering, I restarted my machine and it works. bleehhh...Sorry for the wasted post.
It really was the weirdest bug, color picking with current layer set was just acting strange after a certain combination of things but it is back to normal now.
I'm having the same problem in CS5.
With current layer selected and a not visible layer of curves (contrast) and trying to pick from the current layer it picks as if the curves layer was visible.
I have attached 2 images: first trying to pick with the curves layer off (you can see that it's picking a black color where brown should be picked. Second one with the curves layer on.
After restarting Photoshop every thing work fine again. So I have assumed that the problem is vinculated with the action done before:
- Duplicate image 2 times
- Gaussian blur of 6px to the first image
- Apply image of the gaussian (RGB channel) inverted in mode "Add", scale 2, displacement 0.
- And I create a group as you can see on the screen shots.
I can reproduce this issue every time I use this technique...
Ok, I have tried it on the windows version and it doesn't happen.
Not a wasteful post at all! This problem is driving me nuts as I work with large numbers of layers. Unfortunately restarting is not a reliable fix for me but I will add it to my bag of things to try when the eyedropper stops behaving as expected.