PS CS4: Cannot edit image

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by DaveC, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. DaveC

    DaveC Guest

    I opened a TIFF bitmap (monochrome) file and did some editing which included
    erasing some of the image elements using PS Eraser tool and adding text with
    the Text tool. All went as expected. I then saved it as a PS 2.0 file.

    When I opened it later, I cannot use the Eraser tool (it simply does not
    effect the image), and when I try to use the Text tool, the entire image
    turns pink when I click the cursor anywhere on the image. It did not do this
    when I added text previously.

    The title of the window says "Flamingchicken @ 66.7% (Index)".

    In the Layers window, only one layer is shown and it has a padlock icon (the
    lock is closed). Mousing over the icon it says "... layer is partially

    How did I cause this?

    How can I get this image back to where I can edit it again?

    DaveC, Jun 19, 2010
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  2. DaveC

    DaveC Guest

    Googling around a little, I see that the pink background is because the image
    is in Index mode. I changed this to RBG/8 (even though this monochrome?) and
    the pink background when using Text tool went away.

    I still need to be able to edit the image (ie, use the Eraser tool). I opened
    up the original Tiff file and I can edit it.

    How can I unlock the "background" layer for editing? The original file
    background layer could be edited, so I don't understand why now I cannot edit
    the background layer.

    DaveC, Jun 19, 2010
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  3. DaveC

    Dave Guest

    double click on the background layer making it 'Layer 0'
    Dave, Jun 20, 2010

  4. another option is CTRL J to duplicatethe layer, then you don't
    destroy it, each person worls differently, also useful for a before
    and after. To be honest i have never understood why PS does it. I mean
    i can but you always have to do somethign to it to edit it. But then
    again Adobe lurves mouse clicking.
    david johnson, Jun 21, 2010
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