Photoshop: a new layer is not empty but filled with white! (using the brush)

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I've worked with Photoshop for many years now and am disturbed by a change in CS5,5.
When I ad a layer, the layer is supposed to be empty, but in 5,5 I can not choose the color in the layer beneeth with the brush, it gives me white which makes no sense because it is supposed to be empty! This delays when you need to retouche with the brush but want to do it on a seperate layer so you can choose the transparency of the layer afterwards. With the stamp you can choose if you want to use the layer underneath, with the brush I can find no such funktion. Does it exist? Why did you decide to change this and with what logic? (It bugs!)
Thanks for your answer,
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Chris Cox

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None of that changed in Photoshop CS5 (or CS 5.5).

So I'm not sure what you're talking about.
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If you want to create a new file whose background is transparent, you can select the correct option in the New file window.

Another solution: You new layer window has a blending mode like "multiply" set, and the checkbox "Fill with Multiply (or some other blend mode) -neutral color (white)" is checked.
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I'm a bit confused by your description. Can you give a detailed step-by-step on what you are doing? Screen shots could be a help.

From what you are saying, it sounds like you are using the eye dropper to select your foreground color ("I can not choose the color in the layer beneeth with the brush" [sic]) by holding the Alt/Option key. If that is the case, you cannot select transparency, so you will be selecting the first available pixel. Also, if you are currently actively editing a layer mask, then you are sampling from that mask, which defaults to white when created.