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Photoshop Help

I'm posting about this everywhere I can think of - if anyone has any suggestions on how to fix this or knows someone who might know how, I'd appreciate if you'd drop a line. This is quickly turning away from a First World Problem of the higher order into a 'Oh good, I can't do my homework now' problem.

Two days ago my photoshop suddenly started being really temperamental about blending. I tend to blend by using a low opacity brush and using alt+click to sample. This usually works pretty well for me, but all at once it just completely stopped working. I was working on a background and it was really looking really patchy - I figured I had something on a layer above it that was effecting it, so started to turn off all the layers until I could find it. No dice, the layer was just patchy. Then I realized that the blending wasn't working at all - sampling from a darker color and dragging it out caused some weird desaturation (like it was subtracting, rather than adding - also, it would blend into all the other colors except for the value closest to it). Moreover, I couldn't blend back into the original patch at all. At an opacity lower than fifty, sometimes the brush stroke doesn't even do ANYTHING. I checked my brush settings, checked my blending modes, double checked my tool settings. I tried different brushes - same thing. Tried opening a new canvas. Same deal. I reset my brush preferences and reset my photoshop preferences and it was STILL broken so I finally figured, what the hey - uninstalled and reinstalled photoshop.

It was still broken. I reinstalled my tablet drivers. Nope. Tried a different version of photoshop - same deal. At first my other programs were functioning normally, but then I brought the file in question over to sai and it promptly started screwing up too. The frustrating thing is it's not just this file that's corrupted - every new canvas does the same exact thing. I borrowed a friend's wacom and tried it. Still broken. Finally, really frustrated, I simply took the files I was working on over to Donna's computer and started working on it there.

And then promptly broke her photoshop.

So now we're both stuck with this weird issue where nothing is blending and just painting with the brush leaves behind an array of liquify-esque artifacts all over the canvas. I've tried running virus scans and it doesn't pick anything up (world's most specific virus??), so all I can think is that somehow this file managed to get SO CORRUPTED that it destroys everything it touches, but I'm not even sure that makes any sense whatsoever. Does anyone have any suggestions on how the heck to fix this?

I've tried to include an example, but cranking up the saturation and contrast doesn't make it much easier to see. The grey color is the result of trying to blend the darker color out into the lightest green.


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Oct. 16th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Oct. 17th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
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Oct. 17th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
See, if it was just photoshop I'd be less concerned - but it's the fact that Sai is now doing the exact same thing that makes me want to throttle everything.

Somehow I always get these technical issues right as I feel I've leveled up as an artist. WHELP.
Nov. 4th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
keep posting like this it’s really very good idea, you are awesome!

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