Photoshop CC: background 'layer' is now tinted

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I have a document open. There is a background 'layer'. I place a PSD file into the document. I add the photo filter adjustment layer. The background 'layer' is now tinted.
This has not happened in the past and from the tutorials I watched, should not be happening now.

???

Thank you for your help.

Bob
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That is what a photo filter adjustment layer does. It tints the layers below it with the photo filter you chose. If you want the background layer to not be affected. You could make it a layer and move it above the adjustment layer. If I am misunderstanding you please let me know.
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Thanks for your reply.
Yes, I want to tint the layers below the photo filter. But I do not want the background layer tinted – I want it to be white when printed. Moving the background layer above the other layers blocks those layers from view.
Until a week ago, it never functioned the way it does now. My old documents work fine.
Andy Anderson in this video, http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-photo..., begins by saying a background ‘layer’ is not a layer; then, he shows us why.
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Ah got ya.

Create a new file
RGB 8bit
White background
Add a photo filter
Nothing else in image

Does the background have a tint?

If it does not then it means something is up with that particular file you are using.

You could always try resetting preferences.
cmmd+alt+shift on launch OK the dialog.

Since you said it is a new behavior sounds like something got messed up.
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BTW... you can always send me the file to look at. Let me know if that is something you want to explore.
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Create a new file
RGB 8bit
White background
Add a photo filter
Nothing else in image

Done, and yes, it is tinted.
Was there something in the last CC Update?
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Yes, the filter has always worked correctly until this past week. So those user default settings changed?
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Nothing has changed in that adjustment since it was added to Photoshop. By default, it has an effect/tint. So what you are describing sounds entirely as expected.
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How do you print paper white while tinting only layers? (See David's test above.)
I see now old docs with the filter saved work and old docs where I add a photo filter tint the background. So it is something new - at least to me.
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You make the adjustment a cliping group on the layers you want to affect, or use a layer mask.
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The clipping group still tints the background.
A clipping mask works, but I would have to clip a photo filter to each of 40 layers.
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Did this start only after you updated?

BTW: Did you try resetting your prefs?

Please post your system specs.

Help:System Info...
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Not sure when exactly this started I was working on a large document with 40 layers and when I went to print I noticed it because that is when I use the photo filter.
The other thing is that when the filter is below a few of those layers they get tinted which makes sense if the entire doc is tinted but the filter is only supposed to affect those layers below.
I have half dozen similar docs and they are tinting too - but they did work when they were printed weeks and months ago.
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I really want to see your GPU card which is a little further down.

Also you need to be really quick about the key combination to get it to come up.

Ctrl+alt+shift is correct but you have to double click the PS.exe and then hit those keys quickly to invoke the preference reset.
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Just to double verify you are seeing a tint pre printing too? Or only when you print?
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Ctrl+alt+shift isn't producing a dialog box. Which preference are we looking for the ones @ edit?

_Just to double verify you are seeing a tint pre printing too?_

Yes.
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Can you send me the file or share it on a sharing site? I can then look at it closer.

ctrl+alt+shift should bring up the reset pref dialog. It does require some timing. All keys pressed at once.

ddobish at adobe dot com if you want to share the file with me.
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The reason you are seeing the tinting is due to "Preserver Luminosity" being checked in the Photo filter properties panel. If you check that background layers will no longer be tinted.
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Thanks again David.